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This pretty vintage shell cameo on a classical theme dates from the early to mid-1900s. Holding her tambourine in the air, a young dancer twists round to look at the little winged figure of Cupid who is trying to grab her swirling shawl as she dances. Unaccompanied, she is a familiar motif in Georgian and Victorian cameos and almost certainly derives from an ancient Roman wall painting, probably now lost. However, this is the first time I have ever seen her dancing alongside Cupid, which marks a delightfully original variation. It is a charming subject, nicely carved and brimming with life and movement.
The cameo is set in a continental silver frame (marked 800 on the back) adorned with sparkling marcasite accents. It can be worn as either a brooch or pendant, having a secure pin and locking clasp on the reverse as well as a pendant loop that drops down when not in use.
It is in lovely used condition with all marcasites in place. I have left the silver unpolished as this is a matter of taste). Overall it measures 39mm x 31mm (1 9/16" x 1 1/4") approx., not including the pendant loop.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Cream / Orange-Brown / Silver, Size: 1 9/16th inches x 1 1/4 inches
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Vintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / Pendant
$80 USD SALE PENDING
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