This is a particularly fine example of an antique hand carved shell cameo. The front figure depicts Erato, with her harp - one of the ancient'Muses' from Greek Mythology. Erato is the Muse of love poetry. The carving is very fine and the detail and the figures are truly beautiful - only achieved by a Master Craftsman. Marks: The pendant is clearly marked 9CT (For 9K gold) on the bottom of the rear of the frame.
I would estimate the pendant/brooch's age to be circa mid-late 19th century. Condition: The pendant is in excellent antique condition. The hand carved surface of the Cameo is excellent - no chips or damage. The scalloped edge rose gold frame and bail are in good order. Dimensions: the Cameo pendant has a total hanging length of 1.75 inches (4.5cm) including the bail.
Victorian Solid 9k 9CT Rose Gold Cameo Pendant Necklace Classic V Fine Carving! Antique Very Fine 9k Gold Hand Carved Shell Cameo Pendant - Excellent Condition - Hallmarked 9CT - Classical Theme Apollo & Diana. This is a particularly fine example of an antique hand carved shell cameo in the Italian style that has been so popular over the centuries. It is not laser carved like many more modern pieces!
The front figure depicts Apollo, with a harp - showing him in his role as leader of the ancient'Muses' from Greek Mythology. Behind Apollo is his sister, Artemis (or Diana), characterised by the small crescent moon on her head. The carving is very fine and the detail, and the figures are truly beautiful - only achieved by a Master Craftsman. I often think to myself there are some truly ugly people, or poor carving, depicted in some Cameos! Which it is, I'm not sure..
- But this is not one of them - this is superb quality. The Muses were the inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts in Greek mythology. They were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, lyric songs, and myths that were related orally for centuries in these ancient cultures.They were later adopted by the Romans as a part of their pantheon. In current English usage, "muse" can refer in general to a person who inspires an artist, musician, or writer. (Wikipedia) Victorian jewellery items depicting the'Muses' were often'love tokens', and would have been very traditional gifts between lovers. They might also be gifted to family members or dear friends, perhaps as a reminder or a memento of a lost loved one who was very close.
Or perhaps a souvenir brought back from Italy for that'someone special'.. Possibly originating from Italy where a lot of Cameo jewellery is made, and a full hallmark is not required.Cameos were often a souvenir of the'Grand Tour' over the ages. The colours of the pink and white shell are particularly pretty with the light behind them, and match well with the rose gold frame.
Dimensions: the Cameo pendant has a total hanging length of 1.75 inches (4.5cm) including the bail, and a width of 1.25 inches (3.2cm). It weighs a total of 6 grams. Overall, a very finely carved cameo pendant, and in excellent antique condition, ready to wear and give many more year's service. All items are posted promptly and are carefully packed.Australia is via Regular Ordinary Post (for lower value items); and by Registered or Tracked Post (or an Express Post Trackable satchel on request) for higher value items. Each listing will advise specific postal options.
Please contact me within 14 days of receiving your item, to arrange an immediate return. My lifelong passion has been collecting a wide range of antique and vintage jewellery, particularly Victorian and Edwardian jewellery. I have been lucky enough to travel extensively, and have always been on the hunt at antique auctions, fairs and flea-markets! I always reply promptly but please don't forget our international time zone differences!Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Create your brand with Auctiva's. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "Victorian Solid 9k 9CT Rose Gold Cameo Pendant Necklace Classical V Fine Carving" is in sale since Thursday, June 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "merryjewels" and is located in Hobart, Tasmania. This item can be shipped to Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, France, New Zealand.