Large Victorian Carved Shell Cameo Of Phaeton & Horses In Later 9ct Gold Brooch
A finely carved Victorian shell cameo circa 1880 depicting Phaeton driving the chariot of his father, Helios, the sun god. According to the Greek myth Phaeton lost control of the spirited horses, angering Zeus who struck him dead with a thunderbolt, whereupon Phaeton’s body fell from the skies into the river Eridaurus below. This scene is taken from a marble relief by neo-classical sculptor, John Gibson. It is likely that the renowned cameo carver, Tommaso Saulini, who knew Gibson, was the first to render the work in shell and that other cameo carvers followed suit. The carver of this shell cameo has captured the power and grace of the horses particularly well. The cameo is set as a brooch in a later 9 carat gold mount with a gold rope trim around the edge and an attached safety chain. It fastens with a hinged pin and locking clasp and has a full Birmingham hallmark for 1977. Condition is good for the age with slight wear to the carving and a few faint lines in the shell. The brooch measures approximately 55mm x 45mm. The item “LARGE VICTORIAN CARVED SHELL CAMEO OF PHAETON & HORSES IN LATER 9CT GOLD BROOCH” is in sale since Monday, May 17, 2021. This item is in the category “Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\Victorian (1837-1901)”. The seller is “duskybrocade” and is located in Gloucestershire. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Gold Quality: 9Carat
- Featured Refinements: Cameo Jewellery
- Type: Brooch/ Pin
- Metal: Yellow Gold
LARGE antique 1800’s Victorian ornate bronze centerpiece tray serving platter
Up for sale is a very high quality antique 19th century Victorian gilt bronze centerpiece tray. This large tray is cast out of extremely thick bronze with an open worked design, and has acquired a lovely patina from age. It has a mahogany wooden tray set from underneath and elaborate dual handles on each side. The piece is beautifully footed with intricate legs and is in very nice condition. It measures 22 inches long by 14 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall. The item “LARGE antique 1800’s Victorian ornate bronze centerpiece tray serving platter” is in sale since Thursday, January 14, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Metalware\Other Collectible Metalware”. The seller is “michaelstacyart” and is located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Style: Victorian
- Age: 1850-1899
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Type: Platters & Trays
- Color: Gold