Classical Lady - Sappho
 
 
  • Material: Hard stone, 18k gold tested, black and white enamel.
  • Size: 2 1/8" by 1 7/8", only cameo is 1 1/2" by 1 2/8".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1880 Italy, frame could be English.
  • Conditions: Cameo is mint, the frame has a small white enamel loss at circa 4:00 hours, the glass on the back locket has a tiny chip  at circa 12.00 hours.
Museum quality carved cameo  depicting a classical Lady. The laurel crown on her head could drive me to think that she could be Sappho,  was an Ancient Greek poet, born on the island of Lesbos Later Greeks included her in the list of nine lyric poets. Her birth was sometime between 630 and 612 BC, and it is said that she died around 570 BC, but little is known for certain about her life. The bulk of her poetry, which was well-known and greatly admired throughout antiquity, has been lost, but her immense reputation has endured through surviving fragments. Certainly I can't be sure of the subject as there is not any other symbol to guide me. This one is a wonderful hard stone cameo. The carving is more than superb. Lokk how her hair is carved, they are magnificent and appear just to be real. Her mouth is so soft and well delineated. I have to say that pictures really don't give any justice to this cameo, despite all the efforts made camera really was not able to catch the stunning beauty of this piece. Sometime happens as some cameos are harder to photograph than others. The frame is a real work of art, finelly chiselled and engraved, the black and white enamel give the final touch to this artwork.  Enamel too is in mint condition, hard to find for a so old cameo.  Look at the beauty of the facial features, she seems alive. All the carving in this cameo is an artwork due to the skill of the carver. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.