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REF 1503   Nemesis

A Bull's Mouth shell carving, set in a high-carat yellow gold archaeological granulated and corded mount, circa 1870. The subject is based on the Fuseli painting The Three Witches [after 1783], depicting the three witches from Macbeth; yet stylized in a mythological form, portraying the goddess of Retribution, Nemesis [centre] holding her finger to her lips to command silence and flanked by Themis, a personification of Justice and the nymph, Adrasteia. The carving is fine, capturing a sense of movement and purpose. The brooch measures 5.5 cm by 6.5 cm [2 and 1/4 by 2 and 1/2 inches] and the cameo itself measures 4.5 cm by 5 cm [ 1 and 3/4 inches by 2 inches]. It is in immaculate condition without stresses and in its original fitted case. For almost identical, see page 105 Nineteenth Century Cameos.


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Fuseli : The Three Witches

 

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