Two Lovers with a Nest of Birds
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 9k gold tested.
  • Size: 2 3/8" by 2".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy, frame could be English.
  • Conditions: A lightest natural lines which can be seen when cameo is backlit, a central very light stress line which does not go through the shell, both lines are visible when cameo is backlit, barely visible from the front only with help of a loupe.
Museum Quality cameo depicting two young shepherds lovers. Probably after one of the numerous Pastoral scenes painted by the famous French painter Francois Boucher.  The scene depicted on this cameo is really sweet, the love between the two young lovers is clearly shown. Just look at the expression of the two ones, he gently  gives to her the nest of birds which she timidly holds in her hand.  His expression is of adoration for her and she is shy looking down at the nest of birds. Her face is very pretty and her clothes masterfully carved. Even the rocks where the two ones are sat are perfectly rendered. A real rare subject very well made and in excellent conditions. Very hard to find because of the scarcity of high quality cameos on the market. A piece to be collected and not to be missed.    
A bit of History:
François Boucher (29 September 1703 – 30 May 1770) was a French painter, a proponent of Rococo taste, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories representing the arts or pastoral occupations, intended as a sort of two-dimensional furniture. He was perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century. He also painted several portraits of his illustrious patroness, Madame de Pompadour.