A superb antique Italian natural shell cameo; fabulously finely hand carved to depict the mythical Gorgon Medusa, eyes closed, drooping wings to her head and knotted snakes to her head and around her neck. She has an unusual solid gold bezel and is set into a solid Whitby Jet mount, also hand carved with concave and twist-style surround, for wear as a brooch. The shell carving is extremely well executed, with classical influence, amazingly fine detail throughout, excellent forced perspective from the centre outwards and a perfect amount of'breathing' space around the edge. It dates from around 1860/70 and is in very good, fully wearable condition, with a couple of small areas of loss to the jet - perfectly normal, and some stress lines across the shell - though it's perfectly stable within the mount.
It weighs 21.8 grams and measures just over 2 x just under 2 inches overall (54 x 48 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 "WONDERFUL ANTIQUE VICTORIAN WHITBY JET GOLD SHELL CAMEO BROOCH MEDUSA c1860" is in sale since Saturday, October 31, 2015. 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.