Sublime goddess

Antique brooch with agate cameo of Ceres, England circa 1910

Cameos from the second half of the 19th century are in a class of their own and still inspire today with their often outstanding quality. Unlike stone carvings of earlier eras, which were often kept in cabinets and could only be viewed by a few, cameos were now meant to be worn visibly and admired. Above all, the craftsmanship of the cut was appreciated and readily displayed. The brooch presented here, dating from around 1910, is a particularly fine example of this jewelry genre. The high oval piece of jewelry inspires by its finesse of craftsmanship and the mythological subject: Banned in black and white layered agate we see a figure of classical antiquity: depicted is the Roman goddess Ceres, to which the Greek Demeter corresponds. The goddess, recognizable by the wreath of ears in her hair, was worshipped as the goddess of fertility and marriage. Likewise, she was responsible for the just legislation. A plain framing of 9-karat gold holds the cameo securely. The beautifully preserved brooch was made in England in the early 20th century. Its excellent quality and balanced beauty still impress today. On cameos of this period, see also Charlotte Gere/Judy Rudoe: Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria, Woodbridge 2010, p. 464 ff.

For centuries, possessing antique cameos and gems was the claim of almost all great collections, 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 ancient sealstones and gems, which were able to represent the ancient imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety. Due to the great travels undertaken by young nobles and wealthy citizens during this period, the use of gems and cameos changed in the early 19th century and they were now increasingly used in jewelry.

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