Rare Georgian Cameo of Mars + Venus at Vulcan’s Forgr
Styles were dramatic and ornate during the Georgian era, thanks partly to intricate metalwork techniques such as cannetille (a method of working the gold wire to make it look woven), as we can see in this pair. This metalworking technique, very popular in the 1820s and 30s, involved intricate wirework designs. Cannetille resembles embroidery-inspired filigree.
Here we have an extraordinarily rare Greco Roman tableau cameo of the early 19th century- this remarkable Georgian period cameo features an extremely rare frame of cannetille. The scene is unidentified, and perhaps that is the most alluring mystery of the jewel- that so much has yet to be discovered on its story and origin.* The carving is of the finest quality, and the condition remarkable.
*as is the magic of the antique jewelry world, a very kind jewelry friend, Jessa at Glitter + Gold finds was able to identify this cameo as Venus and Cupid, at Vulcan’s forge, featuring a rare sighting of Mars in the scene as well. We’ve enclosed images of some scenes above, including an 18th c bronze plaque from the MET collection ♥️
Materials & Features: 15k gold cannetile original frame, shell cameo
Age/Origin: c. 1810-1830, Georgian, English
Measurements: 10.2 grams, 42mm
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. Original large scale bale
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