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Antique brooch with cameo from "Vesuvius lava", gold setting, Naples around 1870


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Antique brooch with cameo from "Vesuvius lava", gold setting, Naples around 1870
Antique brooch with cameo from "Vesuvius lava", gold setting, Naples around 1870
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A beautiful young lady looks proudly to the right: rich and full, her hair waves over her forehead, head and neck, barely tamed by a knot at the back of her head, wearing an antique robe. Is she a goddess of classical mythology, perhaps even a lovely muse, or is it a youthful beauty from Naples who served as the model for this cameo. Except for a laurel wreath on her head, gint no attribute gives us a clue that could solve the mystery. Every traveler of the Grand Tour, on his journey through Italy, sooner or later reached the city on the gulf of the same name. The dream destination of mostly young men throughout the 19th century overwhelmed with its seaside location, spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius, gentle climate, rugged yet enchanting cityscape and - last but not least - its rich, immortal art treasures of antiquity. In the 18th century, so many spectacular art treasures had already been brought to Naples from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which perished during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that the museums here enjoyed worldwide fame. Their visit was a compulsory stage in the city. And of course, no one missed out on a visit to Pompeii itself, with its macabre charm. No wonder, then, that souvenirs of this trip were not to be missed: a local art industry emerged, producing especially top quality cameos from coral, shells and coloured local stone varieties, which were sold as "lava" from the volcano. Objects made of this material were particularly appreciated by travelers. We can easily reimagine their fascination: To hold here in our hands a piece of the mountain that had brought such a gruesome end to the life of the Ancient World - but had also made possible its preservation for later generations! What better souvenir is conceivable? Our brooch presents a finely carved cameo of the very same material. The lava shows a particularly beautiful olive-green colour. Particularly rich in detail and plasticity, the cameo creator has succeeded in creating the oval depictions, which are securely held by an ornate gold setting. Created in the 1870s, the brooch is wonderfully preserved and a very special memorabilia from a trip to Italy in the 19th century.
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Antique brooch with cameo from "Vesuvius lava", gold setting, Naples around 1870
Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore
€ 790.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €790.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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