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ORNATE AND ROMANTIC BACCHANTE ( Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): By the second half of the 19th Century the Cameo had become an essential item of female adornment. This lovely Victorian shell cameo (c. 1850-1860) depicts a bacchante, a female follower of the god of wine and fertility, Bacchus. The Victorians were less concerned with mythological accuracy, instead requiring their cameos to follow the aesthetic of Romanticism. Bacchantes remained a favorite subject – but where they had been wild, abandoned followers of Bacchus – now they were softened to resemble docile young maidens with vine leaves and grapes threaded charmingly through their hair. This bacchante adds wheat stalks to her headdress and carries a thyrsus – a staff topped with a pine-cone, both fertility symbols. The 10KT gold ornate setting of this brooch is unusually attractive. The cameo carving is set in a deep bezel with scroll and leaf motifs curling up and over the mount, creating a lush and sumptuous look. The back of the cameo is signed “GL”. A safety catch replaces the earlier C-clasp.

Condition: Excellent. Very light wear. Slight brown background fade to the right of forehead is natural.
Size: 1 7/8” high, 1 1/2” wide. Setting and cameo together 1/2” deep.

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