Aurora's Chariot
 
 
  • Material : Turquoise, Gold, Enamel.
  • Size: 2 2/8" by just under 1 7/8"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame could be English, 15 K tested.
  • Conditions: Mint.
Museum Quality Cameo depicting Aurora on her Chariot, after a fresco of Guido Reni,1614, in Palazzo Rospigliosi in Rome.   The work depicts Aurora, the goddess of the dawn, leading a procession and showering roses upon the still sleeping earth. Four galloping horses follow, pulling the chariot of Apollo, the god of the sun. Dancing about, with hands interlinked, are seven Horae, or hours. Above, a cherub bearing a flaming torch personifies the morning star.   This is an incredible work of art, very detailed cameo, carved by an artist, the cameo copies in each particular the fresco of Reni, scroll down to its picture. The line you see on the cameo is not a stress line or a crack, it is an original turquoise line, the stone is natural and has its own lines  Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece.