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Large, splendid shell cameo as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy ca. 1870


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Large, splendid shell cameo as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy ca. 1870
Large, splendid shell cameo as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy ca. 1870
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A large, splendid shell cameo of the late 19th century presents the brooch here. Depicted in profile, we see a beautiful young lady with flowing hair, antique garb and a rich decoration of vine leaves and plastic grapes in her hair. A plain setting of gold with a corded edge holds the cameo and an eylet on the back makes it wearable as a pendant as well. A small safety chain with a gold safety pin provides additional support. The sitter is a so-called Bacchante, a follower of the Greek god Dionysus, who was famous and infamous for his lavish parties, the so-called "Bacchanalia". The image of the Bacchante in Western art history is strongly influenced by the form that the originally Greek cult took on with the Romans. The Roman Bacchanalia probably originated from spring festivals. At the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. the cult celebrations developed into excessive feasts, which were accompanied by dances and orgies and which took place in secret. In later centuries, bacchants became synonymous with celebrating fun-loving people, but especially with lovers of good wine. Our shell cameo, created in the years around 1870, shows one of these bacchantes in her enchanting beauty. The cut of the cameo is extremely vivid and rich in detail and testifies to the high skill of the Italian gem cutters who once created it. Especially the grapes and the naturalistically carved vine leaves make us marvel at the finesse of their execution. This piece of jewellery is therefore particularly suitable as a gift for a lady who is not averse to the pleasures of life.
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Shells with mythological motifs were created especially in the 19th century in Italy for travellers on a Grand Tour. This so-called cavalier tour, which should perfect the education of the travellers here, led to the antique buildings, into the art collections of Rome and Naples and the early tourists brought small souvenirs from their journey over the Alps, which should tell of the experiences of the Italian journey.
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Large, splendid shell cameo as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy ca. 1870
Wine Bliss
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,490.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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