This is one of the most exceptional finds we have ever had the pleasure of bringing to the Curio: an Italian hand carved lava figural bracelet featuring five cameos, each a different shade of lava tone in the allegorical depiction of Diana and cherub muses. The central medallion features a delicate rendering of Diana, goddess of the hunt, identified by her crowning crescent and flowing tendrils. Flanking her we find two cherubs at play, one holding a pan flute, poised to serenade the goddess, while the rare white lava cherub clutches what appears to be a melon. The next cherub grasps what may be a scroll or perhaps a tabbed musical instrument, while the final cherub delightedly adjusts his sandal. We speculate that this bracelet may depict the pastimes of Cupid, rather than a cohort of cherubim, but without a mission statement from the original artist it can be hard to know for sure. This exceptional Archaeological Revival 19th century bracelet was likely a souvenir from a grand tour trip to Naples, Rome, or Pompeii. This piece would make an outstanding addition to any collection focused on decorative arts in miniature.
Materials and Features:
Gold fill, lava
Archaeological Revival, c. 19th century, Italian
Weight: 58.96 grams
Dimensions: 7” in wearable length
Condition: There has been damage to two cherubs: the one adjusting his sandal and the pan flute player. The cherub with his sandal has a portion of his wing and the top of his head missing, while the pan flute player has the bottom of his quiver missing. The piece has been priced accordingly. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.
Gold Filled Lava Cameo Bracelet of Diana and Cherubs