- Materials: Sardonyx shell, 18k gold tested.
- Size: just over 2 3/8” by just over 2”, only cameo is 1 5/8" by 1 1/2".
- Date and Origin: circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame could be English.
- Conditions: A natural slight shell line not visible from the front, barely visible when cameo is backlit, no stress lines at all. Some numbers or letters scratched on the back, I can read 999 or it could be 666 or CCC, some letters scratched on the back on the other side but I can't read them well. A very small trace of soldering on the back, not visible from the front.
Museum Quality cameo depicting a more than rare subject, Lord Byron. This cameo is something that I really could never expect to find. This cameo is a real beauty, look at how Lord Byron's hair is carved, his profile is aristocratic and elegant, a must have cameo depicting a subject that I have never seen before now. The frame is stunning too, very elaborate to complete a very simple cameo. Pictures, even if beautiful, can't catch the total beauty of this cameo that, as always, is much better seen in person. Look at the Lord Byron's drawing shown below and you'll see the perfect similarity between it and the cameo. Lord Byron's mouth is so perfectly made and so soft and just recalls the drawing and the painting below. A rare and wonderful cameo surely carved by an artist. Absolutely a great addition to any collection as this is another stunning piece.
A Bit of History:
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Amongst Byron's best-known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty
, When We Two Parted
, and So, we'll go no more a roving
, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
and Don Juan
. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, and self-imposed exile. He was famously described by Lady Caroline Lamb as "mad, bad and dangerous to know". He travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died from a fever contracted while in Messolonghi in Greece.