Napoleon the first was draw to cameos as a moth flits toward a burning candle- he couldn’t get enough of them. Naturally, the fashion of carved stones, rocks, and organic matter exploded in France under us reign at the end of the 18th into the beginning of the 19th century. This brooch is a crowning acquisition of my most recent trip to Paris… as you can see, I’ve dragged my feet to list her as she is so wonderful. A cameo depiction of the veiled virgin is herein seen with curls escaping from a diaphanous veil that shrouds her ears and neck, fluttering to reveal her collar. An outstanding cameo rendering, framed decadently in rococo-revival scrolling 18ct with chased details.
I’m including an image of Giovanni Strazza’s veiled virgin, which was rendered in the 1850’s, likely in response to the popularity of veiled virgin depictions in cameos such as this one.
Measures 37mm in length, weighs 9.8g
Materials and Features:
18ct gold, stunning coral cameo
19th century neoclassicism, Circa 1810, French
Dimensions: 37mm in length
Perhaps the brooch fitting re-done, and has a line at the top, delicate gold has been shaped by time, solder repair to back. Minor associated age wear.
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