SOLD: Large mid-Victorian shell cameo in gold-cased frame, circa 1845


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This imposing Victorian cameo from about 1845 shows a popular subject in art over the centuries, Apollo the sun god driving his chariot behind Aurora, goddess of the dawn.

The panoramic subject lends itself to a very large brooch, as this is, enabling the carver to show his prowess in bringing the scene to life.

The horses are particularly delightful – delicately carved but full of movement and power.

The shell is free of cracks or stress marks.

And the original frame is rolled gold, which means the price is very reasonable given the size and quality of the carving.


• Handmade in carved shell framed by gold-cased metal
• Approximately 8.3cm (3 1/4 inches) wide, 7cm (2 3/4 inches) tall
• Weight is 33.8 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: the other antique cameo is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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