We love the early, odd cameos, the ones that tell stories, and we've had quite a few wonderful ones. The Cherub Seller has always been our favorite, but now this cameo is giving the Cherub Seller a run for her money. This cameo also involves cherubs, but these little fellows have gotten into a barrel of wine and are making a grand time of it.
Mounted in solid silver set with a row of glittering marcasites, the natural shell cameo was finely hand carved to depict this bacchanalian cherub scene. On the back, the shell is faintly signed Monticelli, who would have been the master carver. The original safety chain is still attached, an element that increases the desirability of this piece. In very, very fine condition. The pin clasp is an old replacement; this is of no consequence in a cameo of this calibre. Aside from this early replacement, the brooch is all original. A beautiful patina has developed, and there are no problems to the cameo or its frame at all. Measures a shade over 2" wide and a shade under 1 7/8" tall. Approximate weight is 17gms. This is a fantastic early cameo with a highly unusual theme. Don't miss out!