Offered is a very fine antique carved cameo brooch. It features the goddess of the harvest and agriculture, Demeter. She is carved in high relief and meticulous detail from one piece of cow bone, most likely crafted in Dieppe, France.
From the fine details of her face, to the individual grains of wheat in her hair, to the magnificently rendered bow in her hair- this is the most intricately carved cameo I have ever handled. This piece has a pin and early locking clasp that are most likely old updates. The bases of the clasp and pin are gold tone, but the pin and clasp are silver tone. It measures 2" by 1/1/2" by 5/8 and weighs 14.3 grams. This brooch is in as found condition and has not been cleaned.
There are natural common lines in the face. I did not test the metal of the hardware, but assume it is not gold- of little relevance in this case.
Thank you for looking and please see my other listings for more cameos and vintage jewelry items both fine and costume! The item "X-tra Fine Antique Carved Dieppe Cameo Brooch of Demeter" is in sale since Thursday, May 21, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "grekkothis" and is located in Grand Blanc, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.