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Shell Cameo With Representation of Psyche as Brooch, Italy Circa 1860


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Description
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 to everyone's surprise, translucent butterfly wings grow out of her back! 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 with a framing of gold. The masterful, sculptural cut of the cameo is matched by the simple and beautiful workmanship of the frame. The cameo, probably cut in Italy was created in the years around 1860. As a particularly beautiful testimony to the perception of the contemporary, distinguished world in Italy, it is not only a wonderful collector's item, but at the same time a cameo whose fine and sensitive depiction is immediately touching.
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For centuries, the possession of cameos 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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Just Do Not Get Jealous!
€ 980.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €980.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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