Goddess Flora
 
 
  • Material: Ivory, silver.
  • Size: 2" by just over 1 5/8"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1860 France, probably Dieppe.
  • Conditions: Mint.
Highest museum quality ivory cameo depicting Goddess Flora, she's wonderfully carved and all the details in this cameo are stunning. A crown of flowers on her hair like a cascade which also softly lays on her neck. Look at how the roses are carved, they are so real that you can almost feel their smell! Every detail in this cameo is masterly made, surely a work from a great master carver. Her face is pretty, she's sweetly smiling, she's alive. This is a cameo with its own soul because the carver was able to give to her face a true live expression. The skill of a carver is, other than the care of the carving, giving life to the carved subject. The master carver of this piece was able to do it. I'm really amazed looking at this work of art. Isn't she lovely? To me it is simply fantastic and any cameo collector, I'm sure, will be agree with me.  This is another spectacular work of art that I have had the fortune to find.   The era of this cameo is circa 1860, surely carved in Dieppe, France, one of the capitals of the ivory carving during the Georgian and Victorian era. This is a unique artwork.  A very desirable collectors piece, rare and more than museum quality cameo.
A bit of History:
In Roman mythology, Flora was the goddess of flowers and the season of spring. She was a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, as there were several more important fertility goddesses, but her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime. Her festival, the Floralia, was held in April or early May and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Her Greek equivalent was Chloris. Flora was married to Favonius, the wind god.