Vintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / PendantVintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / PendantVintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / PendantVintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / PendantVintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / Pendant

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.

Item ID: RL-00219


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Cream / Orange-Brown / Silver, Size: 1 9/16th inches x 1 1/4 inches

Vintage Classical Shell Cameo of Cupid with Dancer Silver Brooch / Pendant

$80 USD

Add to Cart
Questions about this item?
Email Shop

36 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List


Nectar


Rosie Castle
Lydney, Gloucestershire
UK
  

specializing in Antique and Vintage Cameos

Sweet temptation for Cameoholics!

Member since 2011

Shipping & Handling:Free
Insurance:Included
Shipping to: USA
change

More from Nectar