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    Posted 2 months ago

    Randyc782
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    This piece is of unknown subject. It has several etches on back of cameo. 1) Aspasia 2) 1771 and then 2 others that can't be determined. The frame is 10k and is a replacement frame, made by enesco which started business in the 1940's I believe. It's been dubbed as a museum quality cameo

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 months ago
      Definitely a beauty !~
    2. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 months ago
      Although the figure is completely incorrect for ancient Greece, it is likely that 'Aspasia' is the engraver's title for the piece, bringing this formidable character forward in time. She is of a type, bejeweled noble/royal women, that became popular in the late 19th century. She would not have been made in 1771. Below that I see 784. These may be dealer's rather than artist's marks.
    3. Congcu, 1 month ago
      What is the material the cameo is made of?
    4. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 1 month ago
      The cameo is cut in banded agate. When it is this color combo it is called sardonyx. 'Hardstone' is the English translation of the Italian pietra dura, a catchall term.

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