Coral Bacchante Cameo Necklace
 
 
  • Material : Sardinia Coral, 14k gold marked, seed pearls.
  • Sizes: Necklace Length 15 2/8" - Wearable Length 15"- Pendant Brooch 1 6/8"by  1 3/8" - Beads 7 mm.
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1860/1870 Italy. There are some initials and probably a date on the back of the clasp but they are almost illegible.
  • Conditions: More than excellent, a very few blemishes on the coral beads, pendant has a small restoration on the  right, just above her right shoulder, another smallest restoration behind her head, not visible from the front. Pictures are strongly enlarged to let you see those smallest imperfections but they are barely visible by a naked eye.
Museum quality coral cameo necklace carved to depict a Bacchante face. Bacchantes were followers of Bacchus the God of wine (Dionysus is the Greek name). Bunches of grapes and wine leaves in her hair.  Look how the carver used the coral to evidence her face, the wine leaves and the grapes. This subject really jumps out from the coral, everything is so realistic, this cameo is just like a sculpture.  This is one of most beautiful Bacchante I have ever seen, the pictures speak by themselves. Carving is magnificent, simply amazing.  Look at the face of the Bacchante, she's simply wonderful. Each details is masterly carved. This necklace is a real work of art. Very detailed cameo, carved by an artist. Rarest cameo necklace and subjects, very desirable collectors' piece.