Renaissance Revival Sea Creature Seal
Paying homage to the masters of the Renaissance for the inspiration to craft pieces such as this revival seal, the production of Renaissance Revival jewelry peaked in the 1860s and 1870s. Harking back to the designs of Renaissance gold master Cellini, this ornately designed and finely detailed fob seal is of solid 15k yellow gold.
Perhaps designed with the typical dolphin motif in mind or something a tad more phantasmagorical from the depths of the ocean, the tail has been formed to be used as the top fitting. Textural details such as scales have been carefully incised over the body of the creature; eyes wide and mouth open complete the scene as a twisted rope of gold wire secures the prize. Aptly chosen for its dark green coloration marked with red spots, a 21 mm by 15.8 mm bloodstone provides the not-as-yet carved surface for the matrix of the seal.
Measures 15/16 of an inch (2.4 cm) in height and has a weight of 5.7 grams. The base measures more than 7/8 of an inch (2.3 cm) by less than ¾ of an inch (1.8 cm) by just less than 1 inch (2.4 cm). In excellent condition with light wear commensurate with age and use. Dates to circa 1860. Medium to small in scale.