Once in a Lifetime Goddess Flora by Luigi Rosi
 
 
  • Material: Hard stone,  18 k Gold tested.
  • Size: 2 2/8" by 1 7/8" only cameo is 1 7/8" by 1 1/2", thickness of the stone including the carving 6/8", thickness including the frame 7/8".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850 Italy.
  • Conditions: Pristine. A slightest short hairline at circa 12:00 hours, not visible by naked eye and even not through the enlarged pictures, mentioned for accuracy.
This is a WOW!!! cameo, a highest Museum Quality cameo signed by one of the master carvers of the past, Luigi Rosi. This cameo depicts Goddess Flora in all her splendour, floewrs and leaves crown her head, there are roses, daisies and bellflowers and a ribbon ties her hair ending softly on her neck. Roses even on her robe around her neck. What can I say about this wonderful work of art? Beautiful? Wonderful? Outstanding? Each one of those words is inadequate compared to the emotions and sensations felt looking at this work of art. You can really be speechless, while your eyes can't believe to what they are looking at.  Her perfect beauty, the harmony of her facial features, the grace of her pose, this cameo is art. The pureness of the lines of her face are simply incredible, her perfect nose, her eye, her sensual mouth, it gives you the impression that you are looking at one of the wonderful Roman or Greek perfect statues, she's regal.  From the hard and cold stone the carver was able to pull out something that is alive.  Looking at the pictures all the beauty of this piece can be clearly seen and think that the thickness of this cameo is circa 6/8". It is just like a sculpture. Something of really outstanding. The black of the background and the white of the carving are a perfect contrast and the white is wonderfully evidenced on the black stone. Cameo is signed on the front, on the left side, L. Rosi and on the back is scratched signed with the name of the artist Luigi Rosi, then the city, Roma, and the address, Piazza di Spagna, 86. The frame is another artwork, Etruscan Revival style chiselled on solid and heavy gold. This is a piece that any Museum would compete to have, like most of my cameos which are really Museum Quality cameos.   
 
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.