Nuptial of Cupid and Psyche
 
 
  • Material : Sardonyx Shell, 15k gold tested.
  • Size: 2 2/8" by just over 2 1/8". 
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame could be English.
  • Conditions: Mint, light wear on enamel on the right side of the frame.
REAL MUSEUM QUALITY SHELL CAMEO DEPICTS, THE FABLE OF CUPID AND PSYCHE. SHE  IS SAT ON A CHAIR WHILE A MUSE IS POURING A NECTAR IN HER CUP, CUPID IS SAT IN FRONT OF HER PLAYING A LYRE FOR HER BELOVED ONE. LOOKING AT THE CAMEO YOU CAN NOTICE THE EXPRESSION OF THE TWO LOVERS, PSYCHE HAS A REAL LOVING EXPRESSION ON HER FACE AND SO CUPID, IT IS A REAL LOVE SCENE. RAREST AND BEAUTIFUL. IT IS SIGNED ON THE BACK, THERE IS A SENTENCE WHO READS "LA FAVOLA DI PSYCHE" IT IS IN ITALIAN AND IT MEANS "THE FABLE OF PSYCHE", THE CAMEO IS VERY HIGH RELIEFED, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURES, WONDERFUL CAMEO, LOOK AT THE DETAILED CARVING, A REAL WORK OF ART. THE FRAME IS 15 KT GOLD TESTED, ORNATE WITH BLUE ENAMEL, THE ENAMEL IS A LITTLE BIT WORN ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FRAME, (SEE PICS), NOTHING TO BE WORRIED, THE CAMEO IS BROOCH AND PENDANT, THE SHELL IS PERFECT NO CHIPS OR CRACK.  RAREST CAMEO VERY DESIRABLE COLLECTORS' PIECE.