This is an absolutely stunning antique hand carved shell cameo of a theatrical scene at it's very best. The carving is so smooth, skillful, and fluent you can tell it's been executed without any hesitation by a talented mind and two well experienced hands.
I think it depicts a scene in the classic Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet where Romeo held Juliet's hand when they were to parted from each other following their secret marriage in front of Friar Laurence. So that would be the last time they saw each other alive! Romeo must be telling Juliet to wait for him and they must both be thinking of the happy days ahead, together! You have to admit thinking back over the plot, this is indeed a quite loaded and emotional scene! And the carving details are absolutely amazing, you can see the floating of Juliet's long heavy veil and Romeo's muscle on his legs and his arm.
Set in a yellow gold frame (tested to be around 15k) to be worn as a brooch. The piece is in very good condition without any damage, the shell cameo is also in great condition, crisp and fresh without any wear. There are two very faint lines only visible under strong back light, mentioned only for accuracy.
The pin back is in perfect working order. The piece measures approx. 2 -1/4 inches by 1-3/4 inches. Would make a great addition to any serious cameo collector!
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Please note this piece is not available to layaway a the moment.
Antique Victorian Carved Shell Cameo Yellow Gold Brooch Court Scene Romeo Juliet