- Material : Sardonyx Shell, wood.
- Size: 3" by 2 5/8", only cameo is 1 6/8" by 1 3/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame is probably English.
- Conditions: cameo is under glass and for what I can see it appears to be in mint conditions. Some very minimal wears to the golden wood frame commensurate to its age.
Museum Quality cameo depicting the Annunciation Angel. This is a very unusual cameo as it is framed with wood. A rare example from the Victorian era. These kind of hanging wall cameos were often put in the nursery as a protection for the babies, just like a Guardian Angel. We can find them even carved on ivory but this is the first time that I see a shell Angel mounted on wood and under glass. Everything is original in this cameo, the frame, the glass, the wall hook and the paper on the back. I have not even tried to open it to photograph it better. So you will see the pictures of it through the glass that, of course, will be not as clear as the cameo was free from glass. This one is a stunning cameo, the Angel has a so pretty and so delicate facial features. The curly hair are just wonderfully carved as all the motifs on the elaborate dress. I can see this cameo in person and have to say that everything can't be appreciated looking at the pictures just because the cameo is covered by the glass and is hard to photograph. This cameo talks about love, peace and tranquility, it gives you the sensation of real peace. You feel better looking at it, you feel just like protected. This cameo has a real its own soul and the carver was so skill to make it visible. A wonderful work of art, rare to find. To collect and not to miss.