Pinchbeck Shell Cameo Brooch of Vanitas
This large shell cameo presents a rare subject: a young woman reclining languidly in a rose garden, surrounded by expertly rendered blossoms. She wears an indecorous garment, leaning against a basket filled with cut flowers. This young lady is the personification of vanity, Vanitas. The shell carving is fine and detailed, framed by a setting whose floral engravings mirror the subject of the cameo.
Materials and Features: Shell, Pinchbeck
Age/Origin: Circa 1860
Measurements: Weight: 23.0 grams
Dimensions: 5.3 x 6.6cm
Condition: Excellent condition with some age-wear to the frame. The overall presentation is excellent, this would make a rare addition to any cameo collection.
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