Ref #: CPX01768
Froment-Meurice – Estate
Renaissance Revival Cameo Brooch
Renaissance revival cameo brooch, centering upon an oval-shaped carved agate depicting Mercury in winged shoes, the cameo within a gold foliate surround accented by white, red and green enamel, enhanced at the cardinal points with an old mine cut diamond and scrolling white enamel pattern, suspending pearl drops at either side and beneath, mounted in gold, with loop on back so it can be worn as a pendant, circa 1870, by François-Désiré Froment-Meurice. 2.5" length and 1.6" width at widest point.
François-Désiré Froment-Meurice was the most celebrated 19th century French jeweler. Victor Hugo wrote a poem in his honor in which he equates his skill with that of a poet and a sculptor. Balzac mentions him in Cousine Bette. In this case Froment-Meurice has made a Renaissance revival mounting for an older hardstone cameo, the cameo inspired by the "Flying Mercury", a renowned statue by Giambologna.