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Unset Late 19th C Hand Sculpted Carnelian Agate Cameo, French 18th Century Lady? For Sale
Offered for sale is a very fine, unset, hand carved (sculpted
& engraved) hardstone, orange and white banded carnelian agate cameo that probably
dates, as judged by its style, to the late 19th century. The subject
of the cameo is the portrayal of a beautiful young woman in what appears to be
18th century dress with long her hair done up in a coiffure reminiscent
of the late 18th or early 19th centuries. She is wearing a low cut dress reminiscent of
that period and has a simple ribbon tired in a bow around her slender neck. She
also has a rose corsage and flowers in her hair. This cameo is probably an
idealized portrait of some historical or famous individual of that time, Mari Antoinette
come to mind. It is beautifully sculpted by a talented an accomplished artist-sculptor
with great skill an attention to detail. The style of this cameo suggests that
this cameo dates to the late 19th.
This cameo is medium in size, approximately 24.5mm tall by
18.50mm wide. It is sculpted in high relief with fine detail. This gem could
almost be considered a “two color” cameo in that the engraver has left a “blush”
of color from another band of colored agate that existed above the white
portrait layer to highlight the flowers in her hair and the dress on her shoulder.
This is a very fine cameo very fine condition with no damage what so ever. The
greyish background layer of agate framing the white layered portrait is polished. This is true sculpture in miniature, which is
what fine cameos are, they are art. It was probably brought back from Europe as a souvenir of the “Grand Tour’ and appears to have
never been set in a jewel.
This cameo should be of interest to any serious collector of
engraved gems, cameos or intaglios, or to any person wishing to buy an
exceptional cameo for setting in a jewel.
Please see pictures:
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Unset Late 19th C Hand Sculpted Carnelian Agate Cameo, French 18th Century Lady?: $125