- Material: Cornelian shell, 14k gold marked, enamel.
- Size: 2 3/8" by 2", or 2 6/8" considering the bail, only cameo is 2" by 1 5/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1860 Italy.
- Conditions: Excellent, some slight natural shell lines, a very slight stress line on the left that DOES NOT GO through the shell. Lines are not visible from the front when looking at the cameo by naked eye, visible instead when cameo is backlit.
Museum Quality shell cameo depicting the Winter, probably from the Saulini studio as the style and the perfection of the carving is just the Saulini's one. The cameo is after a statue entitled 'Winter' by Emil Wolff, 1847. Wolff, a noted German sculptor, was active in Rome from 1822 until his death in 1879. The sculpture depicts a young boy draped in a Hercules' Nemean lionskin, with Hercules' attributes of a staff and the golden apples of the Hesperides, the fruit of immortality. Wolff's sculpture was no doubt influenced by an ancient statue of the child Hercules in the Capitoline Museum, Rome. Exquisite execution of a most unsual subject. in a high carat gold Etruscan revival mount with turquoise and white enamel detail. The mounting itself weighs about 24 grammes of solid 14k gold. The bail can hiden on the back when cameo is worn as brooh. A rarest cameo for true collectors not to be missed.
You can see the pictures of the original subject, the first one is the original sculpture titled 'Der Winter', (The Winter) E. Wolff Roma 1847, the second one is the Statue of the child Hercules [3rd century AD], Capitoline Museum, Rome, the third one is a funerary monument depicting Winter, Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore.