- Material: Cornelian Shell, 18 k gold tested.
- Size: 3 1/8” by 2 5/8” only cameo is 2 6/8” by 2 2/8”.
- Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy, frame could be English.
- Conditions: A few natural shell lines on the top of the cameo, only three of them are barely visible from the front by naked eye, a hairline who runs from circa 12.00 hours to circa 3.00 hours, barely visible from the back, not visible from the front. Lines are visible when cameo is backlit, no stress lines at all. Pin tends to go a bit down but is safe.
Museum Quality and rarest cameo depicting a Victorian ballet. Every details of this cameo are amazing. the dancers are carved so delicately that you really can feel their grace. Their ballet dresses are wonderfully made, look at how those dresses lay softly on the lawn they appear to have a their own grace! The lawn seems to be just real. The thing that amazes me most is the position of their arms, there is so much grace in it that I'm driven to think that maybe the carver had direct contact with the ballet world to make a such artwork. The dancers faces are delicately carved and the picture really don't show them well. The facial features are not so strong but very delicate as one thinks a dancer face should be. This one is a huge a rarest cameo wonderfully carved. This one is a rarest cameo of surpassing beauty, I have never seen this subject before. Everything in this cameo is poetry and amazingly carved. All the details are just perfect. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rarest and museum quality cameo.