Victorian 15ct Gold Cameo Brooch of Eos, The Goddess of the Dawn
A beautifully carved shell cameo of Eos who is a figure in Greek mythology. She is the Goddess of the Dawn and a beautiful and charitable Goddess. She is the daughter of Hyperion. Hyperion is also the father of Helios (the sun) and of Selene (the moon ) Hyperion's name means "The one who precedes the Sun", and probably is related to his role like Helios' or Eos' father, the faint light that precedes the rising of the day. Eos has several sons, between them there is Memnone, killed from Achilles during the siege of Troy. From that day the Goddess of the Dawn inconsolably cries the loss of her son every morning and her tears form the dew. Homer calls her the "Goddess with the rosy fingers" for the effect that can be seen in the sky at dawn. Here she is portrayed with a dove and a cornucopia with the sun's rays behind her. The mount is 15ct62.5% pure gold (or 625 parts pure gold and 375 parts other metals). Popular during the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras but was discontinued in the mid-1930s. More gold with a rope edge and engraved with a continuous stem of leaves. It was made circa 1880.}
Victorian 15ct Gold Cameo Brooch of a Bacchante.
Dating to around 1870, this 15ct62.5% pure gold (or 625 parts pure gold and 375 parts other metals). Popular during the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras but was discontinued in the mid-1930s. More gold cameoA layered stone or shell in which the design is cut in relief where the main design is carved onto the top layer and the remainder is carved away to reveal the next layer using the natural colours of the stone or shell to produce the different shadings of the carving. This is done in shell, coral, lava and various stones. More brooch depicting a Bacchante is typical of the Classical revival style of the time. Bacchantes, the female devotees of Bacchus, Roman god of festivity and creativity, often became the subject of mid-Victorian cameos. Their association with Bacchus made evident through their headdress heavy with grapes. This example employs the Bulls Mouth Conch shell, which would have been imported from the East Indian Seas to Europe. The milky tones of the inner shell depicts the porcelain tones of the Bacchant's skin, contrasted by the soft brown layer below. The ornate gold frame complements the cameo perfectly. This is a well made piece with an ornate 15ct gold surround with raised gold motifs. it has a secure pin to the reverse. Beyond those cameo enthusiasts, this brooch would make a wonderful addition to anyone's day to day wardrobe.}
Victorian 18ct Gold Shell Cameo of Classical Lady
A well executed and highly detailed cameo of a lady with a Greco/Roman hairstyle. Cameos were extremely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries as they were tokens of the past. There was huge interest in Archaeological finds and tourists travelled to Italy and Greece to see the marvels that were being unearthed. This example was probably carved in Naples then exported to England where it was mounted with an Etruscan style 18ct gold frame. }