Antique Shell Cameo Brooch the Annunciation Angel
  • Material:  Sardonyx shell, 15 k gold tested.
  • Size: 2 5/8" by 2 2/8" - cameo itself is 2 1/8" by 1 6/8".
  • Date and origin: Circa 1860 Italy.
  • Conditions: Immaculate
Museum quality cameo depicting the Annunciation's Angel. This is an incredible work of art,  very detailed cameo, carved by an artist.  I'm speechless looking at this cameo and at its carving, I have had some other cameos depicting this same subject but this one is really the one best ones that I have ever handled. Rare subject masterly carved, look at the pictures, you can even see his eye's pupil. His face, so sweet, is superbly rendered as his clothes and the wings, everything seems to be real. His curly hair is softly lying on his shoulders and is so superbly made that you would run your fingers through it. The three-dimensionality of this piece is more than amazing. The beauty and the serenity of his face are sensational, his facial features are lovely and so finely made and so expressive that gives you the sensation of real peace. The grace of his uplifted hand, his dress is finely decorated, all these details are superbly carved and the skill of the carver can be truly seen in this artwork. This cameo is an unique and rarest work of art. This really is once in a lifetime piece. Its surpassing beauty is breathtaking.
This cameo talks about love, peace and tranquility and you feel better looking at it, you feel just like protected. This cameo is an unique and rarest work of art and has a real its own soul that the carver was so skill to make it visible. A wonderful work of art, rare to find. To collect and not to miss. This piece is very large and the frame is really stunning, Etruscan style, heavy gold embellished by gold ropes finely chiseled. Finding a rarest piece like this is hardest, and finding it is so mint conditions is today really a mission impossible. This cameo is after a painting by Guido Reni (4 November 1575 – 18 August 1642) who was a prominent Italian painter of high-Baroque style.

A Bit of History

Guido Reni (4 November 1575 – 18 August 1642) who was a prominent Italian painter of high-Baroque style. There are three Annunciation paintings by Guido Reni, the first one is is exhibited at Landesmuseum, Oldenburg, together with other important works of art of the Baroque Art period.
The painter from Bologna enjoyed the highest reputation during his life time and throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, until Ruskin demolished his reputation for his sentimental religiosity. Nevertheless, he remains the one of the great painters of the Counter-Reformation.
After his painting of the Annunciation (1621) for the church of San Pietro in Valle, Fano (now in the city's Pinacoteca Civica), he was commissioned by the Marchesa Alvitretti to paint this second picture on the same theme for her family chapel at the Chiesa della Caritá in Ascoli Piceno. 
Its use of bright luminous colours and formal harmony looks forward to a new classical style which Reni began to develop by the 1630s.
The angel Gabriel appears on a cloud and a shaft of bright light beams down upon the Virgin from Heaven; yet Mary remains reading at her prie-dieu, as if the scene depicted in front of her is an inner revelation. From this painting, shown below, the cameo was carved. Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece.

A bit of History:

Gabriel ("God is my strength"), is an archangel. He was first described in the Hebrew Bible and was subsequently developed by other traditions.
In the Hebrew Bible, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel, to explain his visions. Gabriel the archangel is also a character in other ancient Jewish writings such as the Book of Enoch. Alongside archangel Michael, Gabriel is described as the guardian angel of Israel, defending this people against the angels of the other nations.
In the Gospel of Luke, there is the story of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, respectively (Luke 1:11–38). In many Christian traditions including Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic, Gabriel is also referred to as a saint.


Price: USD 7000.00