Apoll painting sculpture: Antique shell gemme in gold, around 1835 / Kamme brooch. Competition of the arts. Rare antique shell gem in gold of classicism, around 1830. Painting or sculpture, which of the arts will win Apollo’s favor? The competition of the arts is a competition that has moved European artists since classical antiquity (see also: “Learn more”). Particularly in the early modern period, painters and sculptors entered a competition that was fought out in art theory and also in manifesto-like works of art. It was always about proving oneself, asserting the primacy of one’s own art over the other genres and winning the laurel wreath over its fellow artists. The present, large and extremely rare mussel cameo is a testimony to this sometimes playful, sometimes serious argument – and at the same time a self-confident suggestion to solve the conflict between the art genres: because we see the personifications of both arts before Apollo united before us. The painting is on the left, with brushes and palette in hand, in front of an easel. On the right hand side the hand reaches out to her. She carries a hammer; her work, Apollo de Belvedere, is in the background. Apollo himself, the supreme god of the arts, encourages both to unite in friendship. He crowns both painting and sculpture with a laurel wreath and thus determines that both arts are of equal importance. The Gemmenschneider, who created this extraordinary scene in the spirit of classical art in the years around 1835, naturally had something of his own in mind: by declaring the competition of the arts to be over, he led the medium of his own art, that of the relief carved mussel, as the winner of the arts: because a mussel cameo as perfectly and detailed as this is not both a work of painting and sculpture? The relief is so flat and at the same time so rich in plastic effect and color values that it seems to belong to both arts. A delicate gold setting in the design language of the years around 1835 simply frames the shell and makes it wearable as a brooch. The piece of jewelry that we were able to acquire in the Rhineland region, but which was manufactured in Italy and was probably brought there by a Grand Tour traveler, is in excellent condition and is a real collector’s item due to its rare scene. Shell gem, 4.9 x 6.0 cm gold 333/000, corresponds to 8 carat silver. 5.1 x 6.3 cm. Very good, the ball clasp renewed in earlier times, the relief rubbed in places. We want you to be 100% satisfied! Therefore, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewelry with the greatest care. When evaluating antique jewelry, you can rely on our many years of experience in trading and our expertise as a studied art historian. As a member of various dealer organizations as well as the UK Society of Jewelery Historians we are committed to being extremely precise. In our descriptions, we always point out any signs of age and defects, which we also do not hide in our photos – so that when our package comes to you, you do not have to experience any unpleasant surprises. Apoll painting sculpture: Antique shell gemme in gold, around 1835 / Kamme brooch To our articles To our ratings about us Competition of the arts Rare antique shell gem in gold of classicism, around 1830 description Size and details Material: Shell gem, 4.9 x 6.0 cm gold 333/000, corresponds to 8 carat silver Size: 5.1 x 6.3 cm Weight: 18.7 g Status: Very good, the ball clasp renewed in earlier times, the relief rubbed in places Certificate: Object no. 17-1204 our promise We want you to be 100% satisfied! The item “Apoll Painting Sculpture Antique Shell Gem in Gold, um 1835 / Comb Brooch” is in sale since Thursday, February 8, 2018. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Fashion Jewelry\Pins & Brooches”. The seller is “hofer-antikschmuck” and is located in Berlin. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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