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Antique Hardstone Cameo with the Portrait of a Lady Set in Gold, ca. 1880


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Antique Hardstone Cameo with the Portrait of a Lady Set in Gold, ca. 1880
Antique Hardstone Cameo with the Portrait of a Lady Set in Gold, ca. 1880
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It is a rich sight, exuberant in its fullness. A young lady is cut in black and white hardstone. Soft, lively looks her face, her curls seem to dance. Flowers shine in her hair, pearls glow on her chest. Rich fabric gossamerly plays around her décolleté - here two ducks seem to be woven into the precious brocade. The lady in Renaissance fashion could be from a portrait by Titian or Veronese, but she is not painted, but cut from a two-tone stone. The two layers of the gemstone are a single piece of onyx, with the upper white layer engraved so that only the portrait remained, standing out in consequence from the dark ground of the background. Stone carvings of this quality were made in the 19th century, especially in the small southwestern German town of Idar. This cameo will also have been made there in the years around 1880. The gold setting was made at the same time. Cf. e.g. Brigitte Marquardt. Jewellery. Realismus und Historismus. 1850-1895. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Munich 1998, p. 179 and p. 241 with similar lapidary work from Idar-Oberstein.
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Not only postmodernism lived from recourse to antiquity, Picasso also loved the classical period and Vivienne Westwood's punk loved the baroque. In the 19th century, the enthusiasm for the past was even greater. People of the time associated gang concrete characteristics with the different art styles of their ancestors. For the castles of the nobility, they used the Baroque and Rococo styles to express splendor and grandeur. Churches liked to be built in the Gothic style, since the Middle Ages were considered a particularly devout era - and the bourgeoisie was particularly fond of the Renaissance period. This epoch of free cities with its government of free citizens, rich merchants and patrons of the arts, such as the Fuggers in Augsburg or the Medici in Florence, exerted a special attraction on the aspiring class of merchants and factory owners of the 19th century. They recognized themselves and their desire for participation and importance in the state in the personalities of the past, had themselves painted in the style of the past and also bought jewelry in the style of the Renaissance.
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Antique Hardstone Cameo with the Portrait of a Lady Set in Gold, ca. 1880
Renaissance Revival
€ 1,290.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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