15ct Archaeological Revival Bacchus Lava Cameo - A Curio Luxe Curation
The finest cameo we have ever had the pleasure of handling, this rare mid 19th century brooch features a portraait of Bacchus in majestic high relief. Likely carved in Italy and set in London, this stunning ochre lava example is museum worthy. Donning a twisting vine crown, sprouting six grape clusters, Bacchus glances upward, his mouth ajar, grasping the leg of a goat suggestively, his fist clenched, eyes intent. His extreme expression and remarkably rendered anatomy create the drama of this brooch. The veining at the back of his hand trails effortlessly up his forearm, his furrowed brow, tense in ritualistic anticipation, seems to harden before the viewer. His multitudinous curls spring from beneath his crown, spilling into his beard, and the rugged intent of his profile, upper lip jutting forth, nostrils flared, all serve to intensify the moment captured.
What is so special about this brooch is that it was likely custom commissioned, perhaps for a male client- the piece is exceptionally heavy, over 65g, and presents more like a sculpture than a decorative fashion accessory. Having survived well over 100 years, with virtually no wear, this piece is fit for the finest collection. We are honored to be a part of this notable brooch’s curation history.
Materials and Features:
Lava, 15ct gold
- mid 19th century, Italy
Weight: 67.53 grams
Dimensions: 55mm x 45 mm; 23mm relief
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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15ct Archaeological Revival Bacchus Lava Cameo