- Material: Cornelian Shell, 15k gold tested.
- Size: 2 6/8" by 2 2/8", cameo itself is 2 2/8" by 1 6/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1850 Italy. Cameo is scratch signed on the back by the artist.
- Conditions: Immaculate.
Museum Quality and large cameo depicting a rarest scene of a mother giving water to her thirsty child. The scene takes place in a countryside, look at how all the plants behind them are finely carved. The mother sits on a blanket and on the same blanket lies a jar and on the other side a hat. The lady's hair is wonderfully styled, the carving is superb. Her dress is something of wonderful, all its folds are perfect. She's wearing sandals and please loot at her feet, even their nails are carved, simply incredible, and look at her left foot, her big toe is a little raised and perfectly carved. She's drinking her child from a bowl and please look at the child face, so round and plump, and his nose so little but so well carved. There is a smile on the mother's face and is a smile full of love for her child, is incredible how the carver was able to show that love expression on her face. This one is a rarest subject, never seen before now. It is a bucolic scene where you can clearly see all the love of a mother for her child, her expression is loving and she's lovingly taking care of her baby. The love is also symbolized by the four cherubs on clouds above them, which are stupendously carved. The proportions of the whole scene are simply fantastic. Everything in this cameo leaves me speechless, for the quality of the carving, for the elegance of the subject and for its rarity. A wonderful chiseled frame completes this artwork, flowers, scrolls and foliage are engraved on the gold frame. A finest and unique cameo, a real Museum Quality one. To not to be missed.