Messenger of Love

Antique Shell Cameo of Cupid as a Pendant-Brooch, ca. 1865


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Antique Shell Cameo of Cupid as a Pendant-Brooch, ca. 1865
Antique Shell Cameo of Cupid as a Pendant-Brooch, ca. 1865
Description
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The world of ancient gods fascinated the people of the Victorian era. Mythological motifs announced classical education and literacy, could express messages and interests. Gem jewellery was a way to make these motifs, and with them the virtues and messages associated with them, visible in everyday life and in public. The present cameo proclaims love: it shows the messenger of love Cupid or Eros, equipped with bow and arrow. According to legend, whoever was struck by Cupid's golden arrow would be inflamed with passionate love. It has been cut here particularly vividly and three-dimensionally into the shell. The style of the setting, which is designed in the so-called Etruscan Revival Style, also fits in with the mythological subject and is intended to be reminiscent of antique models not only with its fine resolutions, but also with the particularly luminous colour of the gold. Numerous contemporary photographs and paintings show how common cameos were at the time. William Holman Hunt's portrait of his wife and muse Fanny from 1866 shows her wrapped in a cashmere shawl, on the chest of her purple dress a not dissimilar cameo of the winged messenger of love Cupid - possibly a gift from Holman Hunt, and certainly a carefully chosen accessory for the portrait (see last illustration). Our piece of jewellery can be worn in dual function as a pendant and brooch, and the bail simply unhooks for this purpose. Originally, pendants like this were worn on a velvet ribbon around the neck, but the opening of the bail is also large enough for any gold chain.
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Antique Shell Cameo of Cupid as a Pendant-Brooch, ca. 1865
Messenger of Love
€ 1,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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