Austrian 1870 Vienna Carved Agate Cameo Of Heba In 18Kt Yellow Gold With Enamel
An Austrian carved agate cameo of Heba.
This piece feature a fabulous three-dimensional cameo piece, carved from a two layered natural agate, with gradations of colors; from translucent orange brown to frosted white.
The quality of the carving is exceptional, with intricate thorough details. for example, the ear and the incised lines of the hair are magnificent. The carving depicts, the naked portrait bust of the classical Greek-Roman goddess, Hebe, (flora) facing to the left, with a crown of flowers and ivy.
Hebe by Antonio Canova, 1800-05, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
The mounting frame is crafted in solid rich yellow gold of 18 karats, with smooth borders and embellished with applications of black hot enamel. Suited at the reverse, with a hinged horizontal pin to be wear as a brooch.
This piece have a total weight of 56.7 grams and a measures of 60 mm (2.35 inches) by 48 mm (1.89 inches). by 21 mm.
Is stamped with Austrian hallmarks; the mark for Vienna, the mark for the guaranty of the 18 kt gold, and with the maker's maitre cartouche.
Flora, was the deity of the flowering plants, fertility, spring, and blossoming. Although she was a minor figure compared to other goddesses of the Roman empire, she was important as a fertility goddess. Flora was responsible for the abundance of the crops in spring, so her worship strengthened as this season approached. Her name derives from the Latin floris, which means flower, and her Greek counterpart was the nymph, Chloris. The Sabine King Titus Tatius introduced Flora into the Roman pantheon.
Collateral: It is accompanied by a presentation jewelry box.
Condition: The overall condition of this cameo is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold or the enamel. The gemstone, is secured in the setting. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: P0000ANEN/1.362