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Fine shell cameo of Psyche as a pendant, Germany Around 1880


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Unit price €690.00 / piece
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Fine shell cameo of Psyche as a pendant, Germany Around 1880
Fine shell cameo of Psyche as a pendant, Germany Around 1880
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A beautiful young lady looks to the right: rich and full, her hair curls over her forehead, head and neck, barely tamed by a knot at the back of her head. She wears an antique robe and in her hair a ribbon with butterfly wings. A small butterfly has also settled on her shoulder. Thus she leads us into the realm of Greek mythology. Depicted is Psyche, an ancient king's daughter whose beauty was so great and famous that it sparked the jealousy of the goddess Venus. After some intrigue, she finally married Cupid, Venus' messenger of love, and became an immortal goddess. The butterfly as a symbol of the soul is her attribute and so she found her way into art. The brooch presented here encloses the exquisitely and finely cut portrait of Psyche from around 1880 with a framing of reddish gilded tombac. The quality, sculptural cut of the cameo is matched by the elegant and beautiful workmanship of the frame. The cameo was probably cut in Italy in the years around 1880 and then mounted in Germany. An original brooch was removed, presumably because the jewellery is more comfortable to wear as a pendant that way. The piece of jewellery is a beautiful testimony of love for Italy and at the same time a collector's item, whose fine and sensitive presentation immediately touches.
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For centuries, the possession of cameos and gems was the claim of almost all great collections of decorative arts and chambers of curiosities, from the Green Vault in Dresden to the treasury of Rudolf II to large private collections such as that of Baron von Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique seal stones and cameos, which were able to represent the antique imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety, as they were also an expression of a humanistic education. However, the art of cameo cutter has been preserved until today in Italy, especially in the Bay of Naples, where it has been handed down from generation to generation. Today, the Scuola dei Cammei in Torre del Greco is the only large-scale training center for cameo cutters in Italy. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carving north of the Alps have always been travelers to Italy, who brought home impressions and cut stones as well as engraved shells from their educational trips to enjoy.
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Fine shell cameo of Psyche as a pendant, Germany Around 1880
Winged
€ 690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €690.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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