- Material: Momo Coral (Cerasuolo), 18K gold marked, diamonds.
- Size: 2 6/8" long excluding the bale which is 4/8", width is just under 2" at the widest point .
- Date and Origin: Late 1800's, early 1900's.
- Conditions: Mint conditions.
More than Museum Quality Coral cameo depicting Goddess Flora. I have never seen a coral cameo sculpture so beautiful and so wonderfully made like this one. Every detail in this cameo is perfect starting from her prettiest and expressive face. Her eyes really speak about the joy of life, her Greek nose is more than perfect, her full and sensual mouth is absolutely alive. The roses in her hair are so perfectly made that seem real. The Cerasuolo coral is of highest quality and has a full and intense pink - orange color. The mounting is another artwork, gold leaves which keep the cameo inside the frame, the bale also is in a shape of a leaf. To complete this artwork Flora has a diamond collar which enhances her stunning beauty. She is huge and, as you know, it is not easy to find a so large and perfect piece of coral to carve. This is a more than masterly carved coral cameo which is not to be missed.
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.