A large, well carved Victorian shell cameo brooch circa 1870 depicting Orpheus and Eurydice from Greek mythology. Clutching his lyre, Orpheus is leading the soul of his dead wife out of the Underworld, believing he is about to be reunited with her in the world of the living. Sadly in his impatience he turns to look at Eurydice's face, (forbidden by Hades), whereupon she vanishes once more into the darkness and is lost to him forever. The reverse of the shell carries a number'6' and next to this, more faintly, the signature of the carver, Charles Schmoll. Schmoll was a prolific carver active in Paris in the second half of the 19th century.
He is noted for boldly tackling a particularly wide range of cameo subjects, including rarer scenes such as this one. The cameo is set into an attractive openwork frame of gilt metal showing signs of normal wear for the age. There are also some small spots of solder reinforcement where the frame connects to the bezel but these are not noticeable from the front. The cameo is in very good condition with just a few extremely faint internal lines seen only when held to light.The brooch fastens securely on the reverse with a strong pin and'c' clasp. It measures approximately 66mm x 60mm overall, including the mount. The item "LARGE VICTORIAN CARVED SHELL CAMEO BROOCH OF ORPHEUS & EURYDICE, SIGNED c1870" is in sale since Sunday, November 15, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Costume Jewellery\Victorian (1837-1901)". The seller is "duskybrocade" and is located in Gloucestershire. This item can be shipped worldwide.