- Material: Hard Stone, .
- Size: 2" by 1 1/2" only cameo is 1 6/8" by 1 2/8"
- Date and Origin: First quarter of 19th century, Italy.
- Conditions: Mint.
Museum Quality cameo depicting Goddess Flora signed by Giuseppe Girometti, one of the most celebrated gem carver of the 19th century. This is one is a more than finely and amazingly carved piece, look at how the coloured layers of the stone was used to evidence roses and leaves. Her face is more than pretty, she is really beautiful having classical facial traits, her nose is straight and long, her mouth full and sensual, her eyes well opened and expressive. This cameo is what we can define a true work of art, look at the wonderful pictures and you'll perfectly understand why. This is another stunning example of the art of carving of the past which can't be missed, the pictures speak by themselves, a must have for any collector of works of art.
A bit of History:
Engraver of gems and medalist, born in Rome in 1779, died there on November 11, 1851. He soon left the sculpture to devote himself to glyptics and incision of cones where he reached the record. There are only four statues known to him for the Foligno cathedral, while is more than copious his production of engraved stones and medals, the first, sometimes original, sometimes taken by ancient compositions or drawn from Canova or Tenerani drawings, are all of them exceptionally refined; among the most beautiful cameo with the bust of Spring at the Paris National Library; prized above all his cameos with portraits of famous men. In 1822 he became an engraver of cones at the papal mint. His medals (remarkable that of G. B. Niccolini) were no less appreciated than his gems.
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.