29th Nov, 2023 10:00

Jewellery, Gifts and Luxury Goods

  Lot 1009


A 19th century reversible cameo brooch in vine leaf and grape mount

A 19th century reversible cameo brooch in vine leaf and grape mount,
the shell cameo depicting the head of a Bacchante with grapes, vine leaves and hops twined through her hair, with delicate loose tendrils escaping, collet set in a swivelling mount with vacant glazed panel behind, the whole in an ornate concave frame holding bunches of grapes, leaves and curling stems; simple pin and 'C' clasp, also a suspensory loop. Gold tested as 18ct, pin as 14ct, the inner slip on the glazed panel is not gold. Length 60mm, 27.26g

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Sold for £340

Condition Report

There is a little dirt on the cameo, but the detail of the carving is crisp; the gold is bright and fresh - the piece has evidently had very little wear. The pin is slightly bent; and the panel is tight in the frame when swivelled to display the glazed side. However, the quality of craftsmanship of both the cameo and the mount is high, and undiminished by time.



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Auction: Jewellery, Gifts and Luxury Goods, 29th Nov, 2023

Our regular jewellery auctions feature a mixture of period and contemporary jewellery, watches, and objet de vertu. With a wide range of items, there’s something to appeal to all.



To be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE

Thursday 16 November, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Friday 17 November, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday 18 November 10.00am - 2.00pm
Sunday 19 November 10.00am - 2.00pm
Monday 20 November, 9.30am - 4.30pm

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