Materials: Cornelian Shell, 18k gold tested.
Size: Tiara, length 4 7/8", Heigth at the higher point 2 7/8", cameos themselves are, not counting their frames, central one depicting Antinous 1 6/8" by 1 3/8", the Bacchante one 1 5/8" by 1 3/8", the Goddess Flora one 1 5/8" by 1 2/8". Hat Pins: 2 3/8" by 1 1/8" at the widest point, cameo themselves are 1 6/8" by 1/2" , pins are 5" in lengthEarring is 6/8" by 5/8".
Date and Oring: Circa 1860 Italy.
Conditions: A few natural slight lines, not visible by naked eye, only barely visible when cameos are backlit.
This is a Museum Quality cameo tiara, it is made by three wonderfully carved cameos depicting Antinous, a Bacchante and Goddess Flora, typical Victorian subjects. The carving of these three cameo is more than superb. The shell is so polished that seems just as new, of. Ourse the whole set was never worn.Antinous is carved in all of his beauty and the carved used the colors of the shell to evidence the leaves in his hair, wonderful carving of the drape on his shoulder. The Bacchante holds a cup of wine and shows all the symbols of that subjects, the Thyrsus, the vine leaves in her hair, the cup, she's also holding, with the other hand, a musical instument, probably small cymbals, used in the Bacchanalians processions. Even this one is superbly carved and the different colors of the shell were used to give life to the leaves on her head and to evidence the cymbals.. The Goddess Flora is too very finely carved, her body is curvy and feminine, her face really pretty and she's holding a flower garland, she's also wearing another floral garland on her head, beautifully fixed by a bow, here the carved used the different colors of the shell to evidence the floral garland in her hands, on her head and to give a touch of "blush" to her cheek, simply amazing. This tiara is a rarest piece mounted with an intricate and elaborate gold frame, a real work of art.