A truly magnificent and rare large antique Victorian museum quality Italian shell cameo brooch showing Bacchus coercing Cupid set in a solid 10K yellow gold frame. This astonishing shell cameo has been exceptionally carved in the most incredible detail, and shows a rare scene with the dancing Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek), the God of Wine, Fertility, Ritual Madness and Wild Frenzy clutching his thrysus (fennel staff with a pine cone tip) coercing a winged, naked Cupid (Eros), the God of Desire and Attraction to fire one of his love arrows at a woman being carried away against her will.
It's Bacchus's calling to keep everyone in a wild and decadent party mood, and as he dances with jewelry around his ankles and wild flowing hair he lifts the reluctant Cupid's arrow arm in the direction of the woman while Cupid, seemingly not interested in this plan, keeps his bow and quiver well out of Bacchus's reach. The cameo is so breathtakingly detailed, leaves in the trees, individual hairs on Bacchus and Cupid, tiny little flowers in the foreground, feathers in Cupid's wings, creases in Cupid's torso, folds in Bacchus's robe, shadows in the rocks behind and even toes have been individually carved in multiple heights of relief to give truly incredible depth to this gorgeous brooch. The cameo has been double mounted in a mounting frame with a further attached surrounding frame which test as solid 10K yellow gold. The cameo has multiple numbers and letters engraved on the reverse which are most likely old Victorian pawnbroker's marks.
The cameo measures approximately 2 1/4 inches high x 1 3/4 inches wide and with frame measures approximately 2 9/16 inches high x 2 1/16 inches wide. The cameo is in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks or repairs.The'C' clasp, pin and hinge are strong and work well. Thanks for looking and please take a look at my other items! Incredible Victorian Museum Quality Bacchus Cupid Shell Cameo Brooch Gold Frame.
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Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "Incredible Victorian Museum Quality Bacchus Cupid Shell Cameo Brooch Gold Frame" is in sale since Saturday, November 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "liongoods" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.This item can be shipped worldwide.