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Cameo from my Great Great Great Great Aunt Eugenia Coolidge Sawtelle, pre 1867

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    Posted 2 months ago

    anne_dios
    (4 items)

    This cameo comes from my mother's side of the family. I don't know who among all my relations may have the cameo earrings mentioned in the note. I would like to reunite them all, but maybe they were never really a set anyway. Does anyone collect these? Is this figure unusual, is she an angel, or just floating or dancing?
    What do you think? Should I ask all my aunts and uncles (there are six of them)? What would you do? I will not have any kids, so maybe I should give this away?
    I am never tempted to wear this, as it seems maybe fragile, and I am not sure how I would pair it with any outfit.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Absolutely gorgeous antique cameo, the lady is poetry in motion! Wonderful family heirloom
    2. anne_dios, 2 months ago
      Thank you Newfld!
    3. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      I think the figure is a goddess, possibly Terpsichore, the goddess of dance.
      Looking at the hinge and pin this would be late 19th Century I think. That is the end of any cameo knowledge I have!
      She is beautiful.
    4. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 months ago
      She is a dancer, based on one found in a fresco at Herculaneum. Wonderful piece to have with the family provenance. No niece to pass it on to? As much as I sometimes benefit when they come on the market, I hate to see heirlooms leave the family.
    5. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 months ago
      Perfect that your grandmother has the name of a Greek goddess. :)
    6. anne_dios, 2 months ago
      Hi! Thank you for sharing your love and expertise! It is really neat to know even a little bit more about this tiny work of art.

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