Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche

Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche

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Cupid and Psyche appear in the world of 19th century jewelry in a plethora of forms, greatly in gratitude to the publishing of 50 copies of Psyche, an epic a six-canto allegorical poem in Spenserian stanzas recounting the classical tale, by Irish poet Mary Tighe in 1805. Her rendition pulls heavily from Apuleius, but is imbued with little details which point to Cupid's and Psyche's similarities. Psyche along with other works by Tighe were republished posthumously in 1811, gaining popularity and establishing her literary reputation.

This particularly large cameo rendition of Psyche is remarkable, not only due to its size but its depiction of her as a teen; with her lingering baby chub, sensually draped fabrics and fluttering petite wings, she’s giving adolescence. In a gold filled setting, this snapshot of Psyche is a Juliette of sorts, perhaps depicting her during her trials demanded by Cupid’s mother, Venus.

Materials and features: Shell, gold fill

Age/Origin: 19th Century

Measurements: 6mm, 16.5g

Condition: In beautiful condition overall, with natural variations to the shell.

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche
Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche
Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche
Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche
Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche
Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche
Rare Cameo Brooch of Teenage Psyche

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