Antique Georgian Cameo Ring
Cameos, although having an ancient history, were “rediscovered” by Napoleon and his beloved Josephine as they appealed to the revived sense of classicism that emerged during this period. Many cameos and intaglios, brought back to France from Italy displayed early Roman and Greek themes.
Rendered in a Georgian neoclassical style is the image of a winged man astride a horse has been artfully carved from hardstone. Much preferred over the more common shell cameos, producing a relief in hardstone requires significantly greater skills and more time than carving shell. The figural work of the horse and ride is done in white against a damask blue background. The late 18th or very early 19th century cameo is set in a simple 10k yellow gold ring mount of the mid to later 19th century.
Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.7 cm) north to south on the finger in length by 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm). This ring has a weight of 4.5 grams (2.9 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-3/4 (UK just under an N; Euro 17, 54 mm) and is easily sized to fit any hand.
Condition: Very good; cameo has even wear overall which has softened details somewhat yet is still clear and lively.
Date: Cameo is early 19th or late 18th century; ring dates to mid to later 19th.