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I especially love cameos with mythological themes & enjoy trying to identify them.
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The motif of a woman with a flower in her hair this way appeared in the 1930s & has never gone away entirely. The execution of this one, with the little pointed nose, puts your cameo forward in time ...
Your brooch was made in Egypt, mid-20th century going by hinge & clasp (they were using trombone clasps later than other places) so not really Egyptian Revival. There is a metal purity mark on the fr...
1950s, with some latitude either side.
The cameo is all one piece of stone, it's just that the layer used to carve the warrior has a color similar to coral. This is a relatively new piece, mid-20th century onward, so carver may not have...
This looks like a lab grown color change sapphire, often sold as alexandrite or synthetic alexandrite. If you have a gem tester, it should test as corundum. If, like most of us, you do not, the way ...
The ones I call "Ponytail Girl" & "Headband Girl", which seem to be the 2 most reproduced artificial cameo designs out there, both date from mid-20th century on. Headband Girl turns up in jewelry mar...
Each panel has an Egyptian hallmark for metal fineness on the front, at the bottom of the frame, stamped in, but none of the photos show them well enough to read. Most likely they are for 800 silver....
If you rotate the last photo 90 degrees to the left, you will have an Egyptian mark for 800 silver in the correct orientation.
The third photo is upside down. It has what looks like a 4 digit year, 1223 (+ 622 = 1845) but also the number 22 at the top. It does not really look like a coin. Some commemorative or religious me...
It is hand carved helmet shell, probably from the area of Naples, Italy. She is not antique yet, more 1950s/60s. She is of the 'pretty lady' type, not a representation of any particular figure. A p...
Hebe & the Eagle https://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/minor-gods/hebe-and-eagle
I don't usually stray out of the Cameos S&T, so only seeing your pretty collection now. Probably you know that one is Pliny's Doves & another is Raphael's Madonna della Sedia/Seggiola. You may not k...
A feature that is a tip off both that the cameo is in a man made material & that the metal is not fine gold is the way the cameo is attached, which requires a hole in both parts. You don't see this i...
My Oxford contact informs me that this is a scene of Athena being born from the forehead of Zeus after Hephaistos splits it open. The Poniatowski versions are more spare, e.g.: http://www.beazley...
I showed this one to the person at Oxford who maintains the Beazley Archives Poniatowski records. She agrees there is a resemblance, but said it is not a Poniatowski gem. Some mass produced cameos...
The cameo is artificial, so strictly a costume piece.
This was mass produced, surprised I have not seen it before. Difficult to tell from pix what the material is, but either ceramic or glass, I'm leaning toward glass. My best interpretation of the ...
The cameo is a widely reproduced image in glass. Presumably the surrounding stones are also glass. Still, not a bad buy for $5.
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.
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...
The cameo is molded resin, not carved shell. The little squared off wings are usually associated with Psyche, although I'm not sure that was the idea here.
From what I can see, the little stones are marcasites. The stamp is probably '800' for the fineness of the silver. Dates to 1940s/50s.
The dark background layer says the source of the mother of pearl is not abalone. Possibly black lipped oyster. The cameo is from the 1950s/60s.
Late to the party. The cameo is cut in tiger cowrie shell.
If the clasp & hinge are original to it, puts it solidly into the 20th century.
The scene is a famous one, 'The Seller of Cupids'. The original is a fresco at either Pompeii or Herculaneum, I forget which. The frame is unusual & attractive. I like it even if it is gilt brass...
This is a rather free adaptation of the much copied painting by Correggio of Mary Magdalen Reading. https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/opere/mary-magdalene-reading/
Perfect that your grandmother has the name of a Greek goddess. :)
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 m...
The cameo itself appears to be glass or ceramic. Be careful about getting it wet; it may be painted with water soluble pigments. The metal is probably brass, with glass cabochons meant to look like ...
How are the cameos affixed in place? I have seen a salesman's box for Czech glass cameos, but it is what you would expect, with the same models in different colors & style numbers written next to the...
Hello, Victoria. How lovely to have something with so much family & personal history connected with it. Since you wrote it as 'diamonds', I'm assuming you realize this is a beloved piece of costume ...
I can see from the photos that it must be very pretty when worn, but they are not sharp enough or close enough to say much more. Walburn is correct that there are other floral cameos with exactly the...
The cameo is plastic/resin, relatively common as a brooch. This is the first time I think I've seen it as a pendant watch.
He really is a delightful piece. Thanks for all the love; it's nice to have in this strange time. It feels like the gods are messing with us here in 2020.
What's disappointing is seeing a professional auctioneer handling a piece with this F/1882/St Petersburg tag assume it must be Russian & 19th century without taking other features into consideration.
Last link above should work as https://www.antiquers.com/threads/numismatic-fraud-mystery.31383
If anyone is reading this after all this time, thought I'd add the little I know, which is that this is a mass-produced resin item that has nothing to do with St. Petersburg & certainly not with Faber...
Painting by Albani: Amorini celebrate the rape of Proserpina.
Carved in helmet shell. Often given the title 'Sisters' but as far as I know imaginary figures. The fancy word for a composition like this with two overlapping profiles is 'jugate'. I would put it ...
So cool to hear from someone who was involved with Incolay in its earlier period. Thanks for weighing in. I have bought another Incolay box since this thread started. Smaller than the one describ...
Italian helmet shell cameo. Setting probably brass & era circa 1920s - 30s.
An imperfect mark for 800 silver, suggesting it was set in Italy, where the helmet shell cameo was made. Late 40s - 50s, most likely. GIs brought home a lot of souvenirs.
Helmet shell carved cameo from Italy set elsewhere sometime well into the 20th century, going by hinge & safety clasp. Ceres type: https://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/olympian-gods/ceres-d...
Gudrun & all, This is of interest: http://www.ebay.com/itm/143435986443
Hi Gudrun. I have seen her many times so definitely a mass produced item. She often turns up in 'lava glass' & sometimes gets mistaken for the real thing. I have never handled one, so don't know if...
The artificial materials suitable for making molded cameos that were available prior to WWII, as far as I know, were not this sophisticated. Gutta percha, Vulcanite & similar that made reasonable fac...
Thank you for looking into her true nature & sharing what you learned with us. It helps to train the eye.
Etsy seller's photos & description make it clear the label on the back actually says La' Gatierre, which is even more pseudo-French.
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