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DEVINE SEDUCTION ( Edwardian Shell Cameo Pin / Pendant ): Greek gods are famous for their ability to beguile their mortal subjects. This shell cameo portrait of Eros (Cupid), the god of love, and his future bride, Psyche, is a clear and compelling depiction of that romantic power. Psyche sits with her legs demurely crossed at the ankle, but her gown has fallen far from her shoulders to her lap and her hands seem to be relaxing their protective modesty as Eros tenderly caresses her shoulder. He bends to embrace his beloved, but he keeps his quiver of arrows handy, resting between his wings. The skill and artistry of the master carver can easily be seen in the beauty of the composition and the depth of the bas-relief, as well as the extreme attention to detail in every aspect of the portrait. The translucence of the shell when held to the light explains why the signature of the artist is so lightly carved into the back that it is hard to read. The cameo is set in a dainty Edwardian 14K white gold setting with an early form of safety clasp on the pin and a hinged bale at the top so that the piece can be worn as a pin or a pendant. This masterpiece of romantic love dates from about 1912 - 1920. Condition: Excellent. A few natural striations at left. Not visible to the naked eye. Size: 2 3/8" high, 1 3/4" wide.

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