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Timeless Beauty: A Roman-Inspired Cameo Brooch from the Victorian Era

This Victorian brooch, circa 1850 and believed to be of Belgian origin, features a high-quality shell cameo exquisitely mounted in 18K yellow gold. The cameo, a classic representation of a woman in Roman or Greek drapery, showcases the period's fascination with ancient civilizations and their artistic heritage. While the gold mounting exhibits signs of wear and repair, it remains a splendid example of the era's craftsmanship. This piece encapsulates the Victorian era's eclectic style, blending historical reverence with the decorative opulence characteristic of the time.

Antique jewelry object group: Timeless Beauty: A Roman-Inspired Cameo Brooch from the Victorian Era

Condition: almost good condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.

Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Period: ca. 1850
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Theme: Woman in Roman or Greek drape clothing

Material: 18K yellow gold
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Technique: Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It features a raised (positive) relief image. There are three main materials for Cameo carving; Shells or Agate (called a Hardstone cameo), and glass. Cameos can be produced by setting a carved relief, such as a portrait, onto a background of a contrasting colour. This is called an assembled cameo. Alternately, a cameo can be carved directly out of a material with integral layers or banding, such as (banded) agate or layered glass, where different layers have different colours. Sometimes dyes are used to enhance these colours. Cameos are often worn as jewellery. Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 6th century BC. They were very popular in Ancient Rome, and one of the most famous stone cameos from this period is the Gemma Claudia made for the Emperor Claudius. The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably in the early Renaissance, and again in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Extra information: Although the quality of the cameo is good, the condition of the gold mounting at the back clearly shows signs of wear and repair, but to a degree that is still acceptable.

Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: 6,24 cm (2,46 inch) x 5,18 cm (2,04 inch)

Weight: 17.10 gram (11.00 dwt)

Reference Nº: 13136-0014

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Timeless Beauty: A Roman-Inspired Cameo Brooch from the Victorian Era
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