Victorian Shell Cameo

ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED

ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED

ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED    ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED

A lovely antique Italian Grand Tour natural shell cameo; beautifully hand carved to depict Pliny's Doves, aka the Capitoline Doves. I've never seen this depicted in a cameo before. The carving is particularly deep, with well graded detail depth and unusually, a highly ornate scroll-type surround as part of the shell. Just visible to the back is the carver's signature, though I can't make it out. The cameo is unmounted and ready to be set into jewellery, mounted in a wall frame or just collected as is.

It dates from around 1860/70 and is in excellent, fully wearable condition throughout, with no loss or damage. It weighs 4.6 grams and measures 35 x 28 mm. The final photo shows it with a US penny (1 cent) coin for scale, which measures 19 mm / ¾ of an inch diameter.

What's more, I offer layaway deals so there's no need to let any of my listings slip through your fingers - just ask! The item "ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED" is in sale since Monday, January 16, 2017.

This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "victoriousantiquejewellery" and is located in Sale. This item can be shipped worldwide.


ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED    ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NATURAL SHELL CAMEO PLINY'S DOVES CAPITOLINE c1870 UNMOUNTED