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CA151

NEW NYMPH OF THE OAK TREE ( Antique Victorian Bone Cameo Brooch / Pin ): Isn't she beautiful! What a sweet look on her face. Let me introduce you to Balanis, the Nymph of the Oak Tree in Greek Mythology. (c. 1840-50) This is a rare find. You have probably seen the Bacchantes with grapes and grape leaves in their hair and Flora with flowers in her hair, but rarely lovely Balanis with acorns and oak leaves. She has developed a lovely patina over her century and a half life span. The carving is masterful. Note that some of the vines are completely 3 dimensional, running free of the rest of the sculpture. And the acorns and leaves are very nearly so. What's more, she is embraced in a gorgeous 18 KT Gold setting, befitting her beauty. (There are photos on a white background to better show you the front and back of the setting.)The comma shaped decorations in each corner are all engraved with different complex patterns. I had my jeweler professionally polish the setting for me, making it look like new. It has its original Victorian extended pin and C clasp closure. I just love her and I'm sure her new owner will as well.

Condition: Excellent. There is a small repair on the back of the setting, not visible from the front. (see final photo)
Size: Total 2 15/16” high, 2 3/8” wide, 3/4” deep. Cameo portion 2 1/4” high, 1 3/4” wide.

ON LAYAWAY!

CA152

new JUPITER ( Antique Victorian Jupiter / Zeus Shell Cameo / Sentimental Hair Swivel Brooch ): My preference in Cameos has always been for identifiable individuals from mythology, famous works of art or real life. Jupiter was the Roman King of the Gods – known as Zeus in Greek mythology. He was also the King of Thunder and of the Sky. His consort was Juno and he was the father of numerous famous children including Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Hercules, Apollo, Diana and Venus. (The names of all of our planets, including Earth (Terra), come from Roman Mythology and all are related to Jupiter.) You can see the strength in his face in this handsome Victorian Shell Cameo. (c. 1870-80) And you get double your money with this god. The tubular gold swivel brooch setting has beautiful swirls of reddish hair on the reverse decorated with fine gold wire and tiny seed pearls. The hair is set on pale lavender milk glass with an iridescent backing. The brooch has its original Victorian extended pin and C clasp closure. The ring at the top could be used as a bale but is actually for a safety chain. I like to think that this was a sentimental piece a wife gave to her husband containing her lovely curls to help keep her in his memory, with the Jupiter Cameo indicating how she felt about him – perhaps given just before he went off to war. But then I am a hopeless romantic!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total 2 7/8” high, 2 1/2” wide, 1/2” deep. Cameo portion 2” high, 1 5/8” wide.

$700.00

CA153

EGYPTIAN BEAUTY ( Antique Victorian Egyptian Revival Lava Cameo Brooch / Pin ): The building of the Suez Canal in the 1860's brought to England a new fascination with all things Egyptian – including jewelry. Lava Cameos were generally made in Italy and sold to the English as mementos of their trip to Pompeii. The detailed carving of this Lava Egyptian Beauty (c. 1860-70) is outstanding – all those curls, the flowers, that lovely face and please note the bird on each side of her face. The hanging ornaments consist of two acorns and a classical amphorae urn. The fixtures are gold with the original Victorian extended pin and C clasp closure. This cameo contains all of the elements to attract an English woman of that era – Egypt, nature (flowers, birds and acorns) and a classical urn. I'm sure it will attract a woman of this era as well, as it did me.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 3/4” long, 1 1/4” wide, 1/2” deep.

ON LAYAWAY!

CA154

new MERCURY ( Antique Victorian Coral Mercury Cameo Pendant / Brooch ): I love coral and have always wanted a cameo of Mercury, the Roman Messenger of the Gods. So what could I do when I saw this magnificent hunk of that Coral God? Buy it, of course! When purchased it had no setting. I had my jeweler create one allowing it to be either a pendant or a brooch and yet not detract attention from the wonderful coral carving. (c. 1860-80) Mercury, known as Hermes in Greek Mythology, can always be recognized by the wings on his helmet. Please note the elevated feathered wing seen from the side view. As you probably know, coral is endangered in many places, making it unlikely this antique masterpiece could be duplicated today. The setting is marked “750” meaning 75% gold which equals 18 KT. Also marked “*537 NA”. The bale flips down so as to be invisible when worn as a brooch and the tip of the pin is hidden away in a tubular safety closure so it will not catch on your clothes when worn as a pendant. Mercury was also the God of Thieves and this Coral Cameo is a steal!

Condition: Excellent. Chain not included.
Size: 1 3/4” high, 1 3/4” wide, 5/8” deep.

$800.00

CA155

new NYX, GODDESS OF NIGHT ( Antique Victorian Shell Cameo Ring ): This beautiful rendition of Nyx, (“Night” in Roman Mythology) was a small brooch that I could not pass up. (c. 1870-80) I prefer “large” so I had my jeweler add a surrounding row of bone beads and turn it into a ring – one of my favorites. Nyx, the Greek Goddess of Night, stood at or near the beginning of creation. She was the mother of Hypnos (Sleep) and Thantos (Death). Nyx was very powerful, feared by Zeus himself. She is pictured in this feminine and delicate carving with her companion, the owl, who holds branches of poppies in its talons. Nyx is veiled as the night, eyes closed in slumber and crowned with a wreath of sleep-inducing opium poppies. The moon as a nocturnal symbol completes the picture. The gold ring is marked “Peacock”, a prominent Chicago jewelry company since 1837, and “14 K”. Cameos depicting “Night” and “Day” are highly collectible. Let this lovely “Nyx” sweep you away into a perfect “Night” out.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Face of ring 1 3/4” high, 1 1/4” wide, 1/4” deep. Ring band tapers from 1/4” wide in front to 1/8” wide at back. Ring size 6 3/4.

SOLD!
CA117

CA117

TRIPLE EMBODIMENT OF GRACE & BEAUTY ( Vintage Jewelry Three Graces Cameo Earrings ): It is very difficult to find pretty Cameo Earrings without spending a small fortune. I was lucky to find this impressive pair of earrings with double cameos of The Three Graces displayed in each earring. Set in 14KT gold with pierced ear wires, a large oval Cameo is suspended from a smaller oval. (c. 1960-70) They are free swinging and look fabulous when worn. In Greek mythology the three goddesses of joy, charm & beauty were known as The Three Graces. The daughters of Zeus, the Graces presided over banquets, dances and all other pleasurable social events. They brought joy and goodwill to both gods and mortals. The Graces were rarely treated as individuals, but always together as a kind of triple embodiment of grace and beauty. In art, they are usually represented as lithe young maidens dancing in a circle. These Three Graces (also known as the Charities), draperies swirling, stand with their arms on each other’s shoulders, facing each other. This shows that their gifts were given, shared and returned. Nicely carved, and rare to find two Cameos in each ear, these elegant ladies are real charmers. One of the open backs is scratch-signed, but indecipherable. Delicate, but dramatic, these are the kind of beauties you can pass on to your family as a remembrance of caring and sharing. I love the way they dance in your ears.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 1/4" long, 1” wide.
SALE!

$400.00

SOLD!

CA146

QUEEN OF THE IMMORTALS ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch of Hera ): Hera/Juno, wife of Zeus, is the subject of this splendid large-scale Victorian hand carved shell Cameo. (c. 1840-60) Carved from Bull's Mouth shell, Hera wears a diadem (Spartan crown) and a veil signifying her roles as Queen of Olympus and a marriage divinity. She was the protector of marriage, children and families. The proud, regal peacock was her bird, reflecting her royal status. Hera put the eyes of her servant, Argus, into the peacock's one-hundred-eyed tail so he could keep watch on the misbehaving Zeus for her. Juno was Hera's Roman equivalent and her month, June, was favored for weddings. This magnificent cameo carving is a masterpiece of the carver's art – remarkable for its detail and use of the natural coloring of the shell. Notice the finely rendered roses in her hair, the swirls of hair curls and even the tiny “beads” in her diadem. The depth of her veil with its realistic folds is truly a wonder. Set in a 9 KT mount with a C clasp closure,the tiny ring at the top once held a safety chain. This is a large Cameo for a woman shopping for a statement piece. It has been in my personal collection for many years.

A superb quality large and eye-catching Antique Cameo Brooch – wonderfully wearable and enormously collectible. A gift to a loved one or for yourself.....a gift that will be treasured today, tomorrow and by future generations.

Condition: Excellent. Crisp and no evidence of wear.
Size: 2 5/8” high, 2” wide, 5/8” deep.

SALE!

$1000.00

$500.00

CA149

THE VANISHING BEAUTY OF TORTOISESHELL ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Tortoiseshell Cameo Pendant ):From my personal collection, I am offering an exquisite blend of old and new – truly unique in design. (c. 1850/2000) This dazzling designed Victorian Tortoiseshell Cameo has been reset in a spectacular pendant surrounded by 14 KT gold leaves with citrine and topaz semi-precious stones. The versatility of Tortoiseshell, its rich colors and light weight, all helped to make it one of the most popular sought-after materials to come from the sea. A deeply carved Bacchante, with grapes and grape leaves in her hair, is rendered with the utmost delicacy. Her arm is wrapped around her as if embracing her trademark hair decorations. Notice the smooth beauty of her face and arm. Her eyes gaze longingly at yesterday. But she is safe now, surviving as the centerpiece of this dream of a pendant. The gold leaves are repoussé work and vary in size. The three green citrine ovals are bezel set and the lovely triangular drop is a smoked topaz, echoing the color of the tortoiseshell maiden. There is a sizable pendant hook on the back. (The chain is not included.) I found this beauty of a cameo unset and had it for several years before I decided that she was simply too beautiful to be hidden away in a box. The result is a one-of-a-kind blend of eras that saved this vanishing beauty and returned her to her former splendor. The pendant is stunning against your skin, on ivory lace or smart and chic on shades of blue or green. Photos do not do justice to this pendant. I am certain that I will never have another piece like this. You will treasure this tortoiseshell pendant for another lifetime – so easy to love!

Condition: Excellent. No chips on tortoiseshell. The chain is not included.
Size: Entire pendant is 5 1/2” long, 2 1/4” wide. Cameo is 1 3/4” high, 1 1/4” wide, 3/8” deep.

SALE!

$1200.00

$600.00

CA147

THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE ( Antique Art Nouveau / Arts & Crafts Jewelry Hardstone Cameo Pendant ):Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. The myth of her birth has her rising from the sea on a scallop shell. She had no childhood and instead was born as a nubile fully grown adult. (The iconic representation of Aphrodite/Venus as a mature “Venus rising from the sea” was made famous in a much admired painting by Botticelli, circa 1485.) Goddess of love and beauty, her sole purpose was to be adored by gods and men. Her irresistible charm was the most formidable of her powers – magic to make the sanest man go mad! Her symbols were the dolphin, scallop shell, dove, mirror and the swan. In this carnelian hardstone cameo, Aphrodite, in a draped gown, holds the chariot shell reins to two dolphins as they pull her ashore. Set in an Art Nouveau style vermeil (gold wash over silver) framework, the curves are accented by tiny orbs creating a delightful scene of charm and fantasy. (c. 1900) A nice sized bale holds a lovely, golden box chain with a spring ring closure. This exquisite hardstone cameo is more difficult and time-consuming to fashion and requires a great deal of skill with lathe-held tools. Cameo experts point out that hardstones are not “carved” but more engraved. Truly a miniature sculpture complete down to the tiniest detail! This Cameo Pendant combines art and jewelry into one perfect piece of Antique excellence. A real treasure at a great price!

Condition: Excellent. A few of the “beads” of the border at the top of the hardstone show slight wear. The 14 KT chain is included.
Size: Frame work setting is 1 5/8” high, 1 3/8” wide. Hardstone Cameo is 1 1/4” high, 7/8” wide, 1/4” deep. Chain is 18” long.

SALE!

$400.00

$200.00

CA144

DIONYSUS WITH PANTHER PELT ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin or Pendant ): By the second half of the 19th Century the Cameo had become an essential item of female adornment. Traveling was a passion and tourists, then as now, were of a single mind when it came to taking home souvenirs to remind them of their holiday and when visiting Italy, Cameos were their mementos of choice. This large hand carved Black Helmet shell depicts a superb portrait of Dionysus (Greek) or Bacchus (Roman) the hedonistic god of the vine, wine and fertility. He is seen here wearing a vine wreath crown and holding a grape laden vine in his hands. There is a large panther pelt – the animal most often associated with Dionysus – flung over his shoulder with its head clearly visible at his waist. His cult of mysticism with its elements of revelry and wine was extremely popular, attracting a wild band of attendant revelers – playing music and dancing with abandonment. Once his culture was secure, he went to live on Mount Olympus. He was a kind god and is sometime seen holding a theatre mask symbolic of the link between Dionysus and the development of Greek Theatre. Victorian Cameo carvers often toned down subjects like this so as not to offend Victorian ladies who found anything too wild to be distasteful. The 3 dimensional carving remains very crisp and the deep brown of the shell sets off the white male figure beautifully. It is set in a Sterling Silver mount accented with a frame of perfect wire twists. I was so pleased to find a scarce Sterling Silver mount! The original extended pin stem and C clasp remain in place. There is a large O ring on the back that could be used with a chain should you prefer to wear this Cameo as a pendant. It is unusual to find a male cameo subject and this one is a significantly large and dramatic piece of Art Jewelry.

Condition: Excellent. (Chain not included.)
Size: 2 1/2” high, 2 1/4”, 3/4” deep.

SALE!

$800.00

$400.00

CA142

RARE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL CORAL BACCHANTE ( Antique Victorian Coral Cameo Pendant / Brooch ): This beautifully carved 3-dimensional Victorian Coral Cameo was undoubtedly carved when Victorian Egyptian Revival jewelry was popular (c. 1870-80). The central lovely lady is carved as a traditional Bacchante representation. You can see the neck of her Grecian gown, grapes and grape leaves cover her head and curls drape down both sides of her neck. This cameo differs by being set in a carved coral frame with Egyptian figures extending out both sides. This cameo is a lovely orange coral color. Mediterranean Coral is no longer obtainable so it will only become more and more rare and valuable. The coral frame is made up of eight pieces of coral set together. They, plus the Bacchante head are held firmly in place by a 14 KT replacement gold frame containing a small swivel bale and a pin back with safety clasp. Don't pass up this exquisite lady of the vineyard.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 5/8” high, 1 5/8” wide, 3/4” deep.

SALE!

$1200.00

ON LAYAWAY!

BN074

RAPHAEL'S CELESTIAL CHERUB ( Victorian Antique Bone Jewelry Cherub Brooch / Pin ): In Victorian times, when Heaven was only a heartbeat away for so many – young and old, the two famous Vatican Cherubs painted by the Italian Renaissance painter, Raphael, in his “Sistine Madonna” (1512) were favored subjects for jewelry artists. The Celestial Cherubs have there arms resting on the bottom edge of the painting and both are gazing upward towards Mary and baby Jesus. This Bone Brooch depicts the Cherub on the left with his chin resting on his hand. I have had miniatures and enamels of him, but this is the first Antique Bone depiction I've discovered. It was carved by a master carver in Dieppe, France around 1870. The detail of this miniature masterpiece is quite remarkable. Even more remarkable is that it has survived over 140 years in perfect condition. It has its original C clasp pin back. I am including the antique jewelry box it came in. The pin fits nicely into the pin groove in the blue velvet base and the brooch is held firmly, yet gently, by the padded silk top. Make sure you capture this Cherub!

Condition: Excellent. No broken tips. Box included.
Size: 2” wide, 1 7/8” high, 3/16” deep.

SALE!

$700.00

SOLD!

CA137

A NEW DAY ( Victorian Antique Apollo & Aurora Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): This large, impressive, beautifully carved natural shell cameo (c. 1870-80) is an accurate depiction of Quido Reni's frescoed ceiling of the Casino dell' Aurora of the Rospigliosi Palace in Rome. It is considered his masterpiece. His fresco and this cameo show Apollo – god of the light, sun and prophecy among other things – surrounded by a circle of dancing women representing the hours of the day. His chariot is drawn by three horses led by Aurora/Eos, goddess of dawn and they are ascending up a roadway of clouds. A cupid flies above them holding a torch to light up a new day. Beneath the clouds lies a still dark area of land, sea, mountains and sky. I have included a photo of a poster of the original fresco. The cameo is in a gilt gold case mount decorated by a fine gold roping and twisted ribbon. It has a replacement shielded pin back closure. The size, incredible depth, quality and condition make this a museum piece that you can wear with the assurance of displaying the BEST!

Condition: Excellent. The cameo was removed in antiquity for safety's sake when the pin back was replaced. Areas of wire and solder used to firmly re-set the cameo can be seen only from the back.
Size: Total 3” wide, 2 1/2” high, 1/2” deep. Cameo 2 5/8” wide, 2 1/8” high.

SALE!

$1400.00

$700.00

CA134

LOVE FOR SALE ( Victorian Antique “Woman Selling Cupids” Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): No wonder the word “Romantic” comes from “Roman”. This beautifully hand-carved Victorian Shell Cameo (c. 1880-90) depicts a Roman woman selling Love in the form of Cupids. It is an amazingly accurate replication of a Roman Fresco taken from the wall of a wealthy Roman's Villa and now displayed in the National Archeological Museum in Naples. (I have photographed the original for comparison.) That Roman Villa was one of several in the small port town of Stabiae buried by the 6th and strongest eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Stabiae was first discovered in 1749 with excavation taking place up to 1782. It became reburied and forgotten until 1950. Because it was the site of a number of summer villas of wealthy Romans it contained many of the finest Mount Vesuvius related artifacts. This cameo has a simple 9KT rose gold setting – all one would want for a cameo scene with all this detail. Replacement hinge and pin stem with original C clasp and safety chain attached. Wouldn't it be great to be able to purchase a Cupid whom you could direct towards the one you loved?

Condition: Excellent. An antique that looks like new!
Size: Cameo alone 2” wide, 1 1/2” high, Total 2 1/8” wide, 1 5/8” high, 1/4” deep.

SALE!

$1000.00

$500.00

CA131

LUSCIOUS LAVA LADY ( Victorian Jewelry Lava Cameo Brooch / Pin ): Victorians had a passion for travel and heading the list of tourist sights were the newly uncovered ruins of Pompeii. Tourists, then as now, were of a single mind when it came to taking home souvenirs to remind them of their holiday and lava Cameos from Mount Vesuvius became the mementos of choice. You can see why that long-ago Victorian picked this particular Lava Cameo. She – the figure herself – is one of the most beautiful cameo ladies I have ever seen. Notice the delicate feminine beauty of her face and her perfect nose. Lavish and intricate in its every detail, this gorgeous hand carved tan Antique Lava Cameo depicts a Bacchante, one of the female followers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and fertility. (c. 1840-60) Just look at the incredible depth of the relief and the fine under-carving delineating the leaves and grapes twisted through her hair. Her long curls drape down over her neck, chest and left shoulder. She wears a low cut Greek gown and a single strand of pearls. Lava Cameos have dramatically increased in popularity as buyers rediscover the history of lava carving and the perfection of the classical look. She is in a plain 14KT gold setting with a replacement pin back and a safety catch. In excellent working condition. The color tan looks well on so many colors and says to viewers that your style is sophisticated and elite. Add this Luscious Lady to your collection. You won't be disappointed.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 1/2” deep.

SALE!

$925.00

ON HOLD!

CA133

HERCULES ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): Over the years I have come to favor Antique Cameos based on either Greek Mythology or real life individuals. The great majority are women, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover this handsome mid-relief carved depiction of Hercules. That is the better known Roman name for this heroic god based on the Greek divinity – Heracles – son of Zeus and Alcemene and consort of Hebe – cup-bearer to the gods. Heracles was the greatest of the Greek heroes and a paragon of masculinity. His iconic attributes are the lion skin and the club – both shown on this cameo. One of his most famous feats of valor was that of killing the vicious Nemean Lion with his bare hands. It is the bases of many works of art. The plain jet setting of this Victorian Shell Cameo (c. 1870-90) provides the perfect masculine touch. It is beautifully hand carved. Note how even the lion's whiskers show. On the reverse is the original extended Victorian pin stem and C clasp in excellent working order. A real catch for any serious Cameo collector!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 7/8” high, 1 1/2” wide, 3/8” deep.

SALE!

$925.00

$450.00

 

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