A stunning antique 14k rose gold Victorian shell cameo of a woman with a large urn.
The domed shell carving features a seated young woman leaning over a large urn, her arms are draped around the top of the urn.
She wears a loose garment with graceful folds, the top of the garment slips down onto her arm so one shoulder is exposed.
The colors are soft and subtle, just perfect for the subject.
Very well carved with fine detail, the draping of the gown is fabulous, she has lovely facial features and hair, every tiny toe is distinct.
The cameo is simply framed in a bezel with decorative repousse curls on all four sides.
It closes with the old C clasp and hinged tube pin stem, a testament to its age.
Measures 1&13/16" by 1&5/8" (extended pin stem is not included in the dimensions), the cameo alone is 1.5" by 1&3/8".
Unmarked, the rose gold tested 14k with acid, total weight is 12.2 grams.
Excellent condition, no damage or visible wear, the cameo has not been cleaned (I can see some dirt on the foot in the closeup) and the gold has not been polished. This is left to the discretion of the buyer.
A charming antique cameo, truly an ethereal beauty c1850-70s.
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