News-Antique.com - Oct 19,2009 - The Princess Rose cameo is studio produced for exquisite, sharp detail. It is mounted on a pale bronze panel and asymmetrically wrapped with a dimensional floral stem. Fabricated entirely by hand, the flowers and bezel mountings are set with pearl cabochons. Flower petals and leaves are softly lacquered.
About the time of tourism to the "new' archeological discoveries of Rome and Pompeii, cameos were popular souvenir items. They became so popular that itinerant cameo artists set up shop in Britain to fo portraiture. The minatures, carved of shell, agate and jet, were popular keepsakes because the camera was still decades away. The Victorians were captivated by styles of antiquity. Cameos were purchased as souvenirs which began a raging fashion trend in Europe.
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