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Posted 7 months ago

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cameosleuth
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I like whiskers on kittens as much as the next person, but this is another of my favorite things. Forgotten in a safe deposit box, it was auctioned by the State of Texas and has it all: gold!; diamonds!; pearls!; enamel (bit of loss to this)! There is an empty glazed memento compartment on the back. Best of all, this delicious hardstone cameo of a maenad/bacchante, thyrsus over her shoulder, tantalizing a putto with a juicy bunch of grapes. It is signed L. ROSI for Luigi Rosi, who worked in Rome in the mid-nineteenth century.

The majority of cameo images appear repeatedly, and cameo cutters like Rosi often copied earlier work. In this case, I have not been able to find this scene elsewhere, so there is the possibility it is his own composition in the neoclassical style. Certainly someone felt it was worthy of a particularly lavish setting.

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  1. inky inky, 7 months ago
    Absolutely stunning!!!!....:-)
  2. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 7 months ago
    Who wouldn't love to own this!!
  3. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
    A superlative one !

    Love it :-))
  4. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 7 months ago
    Thanks all. It really is a thing of beauty that gives much joy. Even the chain that came with it is gorgeous & opulent. Both this one & Nero have ornate, oversized bails that would make them look silly on most chains, but the chain for this one is perfect. Now I just need a charity ball to go to. :)
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 months ago
    Marvelous! Above all i love the patience and craftsmanship of the maker.
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 months ago
    Also the setting is so beautiful!
  7. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 4 months ago
    Thank you - it really is a favorite. It came with a chain that makes me feel like a Medici when I wear it. :)
  8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
    Shocked to think this beauty " was forgotten".
    Again, a magnificent jewel.
    And she is free once again to dance through the forests!
  9. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 months ago
    Yep, Her Crystalship is definitely becoming a cameo convert. This one is indeed a jewel, in every sense. It is the most opulently set of any I own, yet still perfectly wearable. The rest of the time she cavorts with the rest of the Dionysian crowd, doing her best at corrupting impressionable youth!
  10. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the love MacDaddy & antiquerose. :)
  11. Tanni Tanni, 2 months ago
    What a gorgeous cameo, it's absolutely breathtaking !
  12. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 months ago
    Thank you Tanni for kind words & love. I have another Rosi, the setting not quite so over the top. What is special to me about this one is that the composition is not one I have seen done by anyone else.

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