A Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendantA Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendantA Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendant

A Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendant

A Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendant, the cameo attributed to Wilhelm Schmidt depicting Arion riding a dolphin, to elaborate surround of renaissance style incorporating scrolls and two griffins, bearing polychrome enamel decorations and encrusted with two rose-cut diamonds, to a closed back bearing enamel decorations depicting a column surrounded by the Latin word COLUMNAE, terminating to a pearl drop, all suspended by three pearl-set chains with a scrolling upper section set with a faceted emerald, all mounted in gold, circa 1880, measuring approximately 11×3.5cm, gross weight 26.5 grams.

Footnote: Wilhelm Schmidt in correspondance:
“In reply to your wish to be informed when opal cameos were first cut in Europe, I may mention the date of 1874, when I invented the new process of cutting opal cameos in such a manner as to utilise the matrix of rough opal for the ground… Mr John Brogden exhibited the first one, which I cut, amongst his other exhibits at the Paris Exhibition, 1878…”

No. 32680M

£45,000.00