This is a large, delicate shell Cameo that features the side profile of a lovely lady with a flower in her curvy hair. The frame is different shades of gold-tone metal made up of thin loops accented with three dimensional well sculpted leaves. The prongs holding the cameo in the frame are hand designed.
The detailing and the workmanship that went into this piece are stunning - deeply carved through the hair, and colors of the shell showing through on the upper shoulders.
Cameos are made by cutting away background material to make a design in relief. In shell cameos the true artist takes advantage of different layers and faults in the material to enhance the design. Shell cameos have been popular for centuries although this material was in wide use during the Victorian era. Shell cameos have a slight translucent quality that can be detected when held to the light.
The beauty of a cameo is certainly in its carving, but also in the selection of the material. The carver selects a section of the conch shell or agate and determines where the layers of color are. Then the carver creates a design just for that section of shell or agate that will reveal the colored layers as it is carved making the finished cameo more three dimensional. After the cameo is carved, it is polished by hand creating a wonderful luster and depth to the finished piece. When examining a cameo one must pay close attention to the intricacy of the carving and the overall quality of the image produced.
SIZE: This cameo measures 2 1/8” high and 1 7/8” wide.
CONDITION: The cameo is in really lovely vintage condition with no imperfections such as fading, chips, cracks, scuffs, or imperfections in the shell. Please examine all the photos carefully. While selling any pre-owned item there is always a possibility of flaws. In order to counteract this, I take detailed pictures of every item I sell. PLEASE VIEW THE LARGER PHOTOS FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS.
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