Spectacular c1860's Italian hand carved carnelian shell Flora cameo brooch / pendant. A wonderful museum quality antique Italian natural sardonyx shell cameo. It is unusually finely hand carved, in particularly high relief from a rounded shell, to depict a classical Flora.

However, the face is less of the typical Victorian classical face and more a portrait as is seen in early cameo pieces. Her calm face is realistically portrayed, she has flowers above her netted hair, her clothing is diaphanous and there is stunningly fine detail to all three. The carving shows superb depth and intricate detail together with masterful use of colour. This type of shell is prized for its beautiful layering in shades of cream and apricot and sepia and it takes great skill to exploit these layers as artistically as we see here. It's in a solid 9 carat gold (stamped) beveled mount for wear as a brooch/pin, or pendant.

The cameo dates from around 1860 and is in exceptional condition with only very minor high detail wear and some tarnishing to the mount. The roll-over pin is in steel as seen in many of these pieces.

Dimensions: 1 3⁄4 x 1 1⁄2 inches ; weight is 10.8 grams ;

This most superb early cameo is a rare portrait piece in lovely condition. Wearable history.

ITEM ID
AJ-1323
TYPE
Fine
COLOR
Gold
STONE
Carnelian
STYLE
Cameo, Victorian
ITEM SIZE
1.75 x 1.5
ITEM TYPE
Antique
MATERIAL
Shell

The Gilded Room

Superb Museum Quality c1860's Italian High Relief Carnelian Shell Flora Cameo Brooch Pendant

$1,400

Add to Cart
Make Offer
Email Shop Owner
Alert

13 other shoppers are interested in this item


    Fine Antique 19th Century French Jewelry & 20th Century Vintage Scandinavian Pieces.
    To all my Ruby Lane friends. Please take care and keep safe. Be kind to yourselves and stay informed.

    Platinum

    since 2010

    Shipping:
    Expedited Flat Rate Shipping Service
    $27.00 USD
    Insurance:Arrange with Seller
    Est. Tax:We are unable to obtain a tax quote at this time.
    Shipping to: USA
    change


    The Gilded Room


    Andie Pasqualini
    Phone Email Shop Owner
    Castlemaine , VIC , Australia This Shop is rated Platinum - 1,000 or more sales Platinum Ruby Lane Exclusive since 2010

    More From This Seller