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Cameos: IV029

INCREDIBLE IVORY IMAGE ( Victorian Jewelry Ivory Cameo Brooch ): This Victorian Ivory Cameo Brooch is certainly one of the most stunning pieces that I have ever been able to offer to collectors. From about 1840 to 1870 high-relief work ivory cameos were very fashionable. This huge Bacchante is a museum quality example of the mastery of the French ivory carvers. Bacchantes were the female followers of the Roman god Bacchus. Incredible bunches of grapes and leaves are woven thru the elaborate hair style of this beauty and around her neck she wears two strands of beads. Both the grain and the patina of the ivory are so beautiful. In this case the photos say it all! I know only the briefest history of the piece. It is said to have come from a British family whose relative was a physician to the royal family. The size and depth of this cameo lead me to believe that it was probably originally set in a box top. The gold safety catch pin back is clearly a later addition. Michele Rowan’s book, “Nineteenth Century Cameos”, pictures an ivory cameo similar (but not as lavish) to this one on page 122. Condition: Excellent. One tiny necklace bead is missing. Size: 2 5/8” high, 2 1/8” wide, 3/4” deep.  

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