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Pretty, antique shellgemme as brooch & pendant in gold, around 1850

The Roman heaven of the gods of antiquity knew deities for every conceivable concern and with the most diverse responsibilities. The goddess Flora - young, beautiful and graceful - was the goddess of spring, flowers and crops. Artists depicted Flora in a manner similar to a Greek springtime glory, as a blooming maiden adorned with flowers - and this is precisely the form in which we encounter her here. In the center of the mid-19th century gold-framed brooch, we see the goddess in profile in a first-rate cameo. Looking to the right, the portrait stands out against the reddish-brown ground in light colour. Richly her full hair is decorated with blossoms and flowers. The cameo is set in gold; an elegant, very simple frame closes the work to the outside and makes the cameo wearable as a brooch. A shell cameo of classicist beauty.

For centuries, the possession of antique cameos and gems was an aspiration of almost all great collections: We find spectacular pieces as well in the Green Vault in Dresden, in the treasury of Rudolf II, up to the great private collections like that of Baron Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique seal stones and gems, which represent the antique imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety. Thus they were not least an expression of a humanistic education. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carvings north of the Alps have always been travellers to Italy, who brought home imprints and carved stones as well as engraved shells from their educational journeys in order to enjoy the stories that the shells could tell. The art of gem cutting has survived to this day in Italy especially in the Bay of Naples, where it has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, the Scuola dei Cammei in Torre del Greco is the world's only professional training centre for gem-cutters, although unfortunately the mythological theme world as a subject has been almost completely lost.

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