ANTIQUE 9K GOLD FINELY CARVED SHELL THREE GRACES VENUS & MARS CAMEO BROOCH c1880
An antique natural shell cameo; beautifully hand carved to depict Canova's 'The Three Graces and Venus Dance Before Mars', in a simple solid 9 carat gold (tests thereabouts) mount for wear as a brooch.
A beautiful, sought after and fabulously carved cameo - extremely collectable & so wearable too!
CONDITION: All original and very, very good. Slightest signs of high shell detail wear, faintest natural stress lines just visible to shell, negligible - please examine pictures.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1870/80, maybe a little older. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 64 x 50 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 31.8 grams.