Victorian Belais 10K Yellow Gold Bacchante Cameo Brooch, Carved Shell, Brooch Pendant Combo #c523

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Victorian Belais 10K Yellow Gold Bacchante Cameo Brooch, Carved Shell, Brooch Pendant Combo #c523
I am pleased to offer this wonderful antique Belais gold Bacchante shell cameo! 

This lovely late Victorian cameo is comprised of 10K yellow gold and carved shell. From its subject matter, style, hardware and its manufacture by Belais, I am dating it to circa 1890's. The cameo depicts the image of a Bacchante, a female follower of Bacchus, the Greek God agriculture, fertility and wine. The beautiful lady is right facing with her hair swept up and she has grape leaves and a bunch of grapes in her hair. Her clothing is flowing and draped around her shoulders and she has the classic long Roman nose. The cameo is held within a smooth gold bezel with an exquisite gold outer frame that has chased swirl designs throughout. The brooch closes with a late Victorian safety lever catch, and it also has an articulating loop at the top for wearing the piece on a chain as a pendant. It's a superb gem!

The cameo measures about 1 1/2 inches long, 1 1/4 inches wide and weighs 5.8 grams. It is signed and hallmarked "Belais 10K" on the back of the brooch frame. It is also etched with the date "1898" on the back of the frame near the Belais mark. 

This is such a delightful antique cameo! With its combination brooch and pendant hardware, it's an extremely versatile piece to add to a fine antique jewelry collection. It would make an exceptional gift for an antique cameo collector, a fine gold jewelry collector or for a wine lover. The brooch/pendant is in excellent antique condition and ready to wear or to be gifted!

SIGNED: BELAIS, 10K AND THE ETCHED DATE 1898 ON THE BACK OF THE BROOCH/PENDANT FRAME

SIZE: APPROX 1 1/2 INCHES LONG AND 1 1/4 INCHES WIDE

WEIGHT: 5.8 GRAMS

CONDITION: EXCELLENT ANTIQUE, PRE-OWNED CONDITION. NORMAL SURFACE SCRATCHES FROM PREVIOUS USE/WEAR/STORAGE. 

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