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Carved Coral Late Georgian Cameo Brooch of Classical Lady’s Head

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A finely carved coral brooch of a Classical maiden, most likely produced in Naples circa 1830. It was then purchased by English goldsmiths who would have mounted the cameo in 15ct gold. Such pieces were very popular as it was the age of the Grand Tour. There was huge interest in Classical antiquity so pieces were reproduced and sold to hungry enthusiasts. They were often of very high quality such as this example. It also has a hook at the top on the back so it could be worn as a pendant.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), Italian and English gold mount
Measurements1½ in / 3.8 cm by 1⅛ in / 2.8 cm Cameo 1 in / 2.5 cm by ⅞ in / 2.3 cm
ConditionVery good
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 15ct gold
ProvenanceItalian and English gold mount