Goddess Flora
 
 
  • Material: Ivory, silver.
  • Size: 2 1/2" by 2"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1900 France, probably Dieppe.
  • Conditions: Mint.
More than museum quality ivory cameo depicting a very unusual Goddess Flora, unusual for some kind of flowers on her hair which usually are not present on other Floras, these flower are the gigantic dahlia (on her ear direction), the two orchid blossoms (just under the rose close to her ear) and the chrysanthemum (close to the dahlia) then we have the classic flowers worn by Flora as roses and daisies. I'm speechless looking at this cameo and ask to myself if it is real or it is the fruit of my imagination. Look at her long neck and at her double strand necklace worn  with so much class. This cameo is "the ABSOLUTE beauty", you really could forget that it is only a woman carved on stone and you could really desire to kiss her. I really have not words to describe the rare beauty of this huge piece. Her face is so pretty and her facial features are perfect. This cameo shows a sensuality that is not common, her languid pose, her long and supple neck  and look at how the neck is carved, I could expect to see it moving because of her breath as, believe me, she is alive. Again her long hair which wave on her right shoulder as if a sweet wind could move them. This is a spectacular work of art that I have had the fortune to find.   The era of this cameo is circa 1900, surely carved in Dieppe, France, one of the capitals of the ivory carving during the Georgian and Victorian era. I don't think that I have to spend many word for this one, the pictures speak by themselves. Every small details is perfectly carved. Simply fantastic. I have never seen something like this one and I really can affirm that 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.