Victoriaanse camee broche/hanger met medaillon met de voorstelling van Cupido en Bacchus die druiven 1880
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brooch and pendant with locket in the back
very good condition
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Country of origin
Unknown for the jewel itself but from the cameo it is not unlikely that it has been made in Italy
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 themiddle 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 Nouveaustyle have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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The Romantic Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) in to three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 -1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).
We consider this to be of the Romantic Victorian Period. This period covers the coronation of Victoria as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and her marriage to King Albert and their love, their devotion to their marriage and to their country are thesources of inspiration for this period. The jewels of this period are made of intricate carvings, special techniques where the enamel is subtly worked. These techniques allowed to give the jewel a certain opulence with less precious metal needed. Asprecious metals were really rare at that time. Highly favored (semi-) precious stones in this period are amethyst, coral, garnets, seed pearls and turquoises. The connotation is obviously sentimental, symbolic and romantic with reminiscent Gotic and/orRenaissance patterns and an abundant use of motifs like anchors, birds, branches, crosses, hearts and snakes.
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.
Source of inspiration
After Thorvaldsen's relief that he made around 1810 depicting Cupid and Bacchus stomping grapes, see also pictures for the original relief as it can be seen in The Thorvaldsen Museum inventory number A413
18K yellow gold (touchstone tested)
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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 beproduced 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) agateor 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 werevery 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, 18thand 19th centuries.
One cameo and ninenatural half seed pearls
Pearl is the birthstone (or month stone) for June.
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3,14 cm (1,24 inch) x 4,85 cm (1,91 inch)
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16,40 gram (10,55 dwt)
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Book: Berthel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) by Stefano Grandesso (ISBN 9788836619122) - page 104 for a picture of the bas relief
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