Posted 2 years ago
A wonderful, extremely rare, full body antique Victorian (circa 1850's??) exquisitely carved Pompeii Lava Mount Vesuvius cameo.
The subject is a young woman - perhaps a goddess - masterfully carved in highest relief. She protrudes from the surface of the cameo in 3 dimensional high-relief, and is carved even underneath. It is like a small wearable statue! The lady has a ringlet of leaves and grapes in her meticulously detailed hair. And even her necklace is beautiful detailed carved. Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, was surrounded by free-spirited female followers with a bit of a wild or frenzied side. Bacchantes, as they were known, were a popular subject in art dating from ancient Rome to the modern period and typically depicted wearing grape vines and leaves.
I think this stunning high relief lava cameo depicts a gorgeous sheathe draped female Bacchante with grapes and grape leaves in her hair. The brooch measures 2.8 inches high and 1.6 inches wide, with a depth of over 3/4 inch! It is very substantial and weighs 36 grams.
The carving is amazing - intricate and highly detailed - created by a true Italian master carver - most likely purchased during someone's Grand Tour!
The silver style frame is unmarked. - The cameo itself is so magnificent!
I suppose the clasp was originaly a simple Victorian open "C" but changed into a later dated safety clasp. The pin shaft is also silver.
The cameo is in pristine condition. Due to the way it is carved, it is more delicate than a flat cameo. For me she is undeniably gorgeous, and fabulous!
Is their some fellow collector who has an idea what kind of goddess this might be? And and you might have an idea of the date on which this cameo created could be?? Please let me know you idea!