Huge Victorian Art Nouveau Bacchante Cameo Brooch Pendant Ornate 10k Gold Frame. Cameos, cameos and more cameos! Still liquidating a large estate parcel. Offered here is a beautifully detailed Bacchante maiden, left-facing shell cameo brooch pendant.
The carving itself is "above average" -- especially the detail in the hair (including the grape leaves surrounding a flower) and the refined facial features. However, there is a hairline crack on one side of the sardonyx shell, as you can see. Still too pretty a piece to go to the scrap bin--just look at this frame!!! It has a definite Art Nouveau flair, and we are dating the cameo to circa 1890 - 1910.
The frame is gorgeous, with a hand-hammered rope twist base, and grape leaves at the four corners. The hand-tooled gold winds and curves around like a snake, all around the border of the frame.A lot of work went into making the frame itself. The cameo is set in a sturdy bezel, and actually, the crack does not seem to affect its security in the frame--it's not loose. This brooch doesn't have a "dedicated bail" per se, but you can see from the photos, how easy it is to loop a chain through the open curves of the frame, for wear as a pendant.
I've shown it on a chain in the photos for size perspective. (chain in photos not included). The frame tests positive for 10K gold, but doesn't quite hold to 14K acid, and there are no markings.
It closes with an early open C clasp, and the long pin stem is a testament to the age of the piece. This cameo measures 2 1/8" by 1 3/4". Other than the crack you see in the photos, it's in very good condition for its age. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE ITEMS I SELL ARE "VINTAGE" OR ESTATE ITEMS, AND THEREFORE ARE NOT NEW--SO PLEASE EXPECT NORMAL WEAR.
I WILL DO MY BEST TO DESCRIBE ANY DEFECTS/FLAWS IN THE ITEM. PLEASE VIEW THE PHOTOS CAREFULLY AS THE SUPERSIZED PHOTOS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE LISTING.
I CANNOT END AUCTIONS EARLY, AND PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AN OFFER. I sell on consignment for jewelers who set the prices on my items. My pricing is UP FRONT--(not inflated just so I can lower)--and I price as low as possible, with no "wiggle room"--in order to meet my consignor's net price.Please WAIT FOR THE INVOICE! The item "Huge Victorian Art Nouveau Bacchante Cameo Brooch Pendant Ornate 10k Gold Frame" is in sale since Saturday, March 30, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "desdemona1013" and is located in Cohoes, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.