this exceptionally finely carved bull's mouth shell cameo portrays Phaeton, the son of Apollo and the nymph Clymene. Phaeton's friends did not believe he was Apollo's son, so he pleaded with Apollo to be allowed for one day to drive the Chariot of the Sun. However, he did not have Apollo's strength, lost control of the horses, the chariot flew too high, burning the heavens, and too low burning the earth. The out-of-control chariot was stopped by a thunderbolt from Jupiter, which wrecked the chariot and sent Phaeton hurling down to his death into the river Eridanus, whence he was buried by nymphs. There is a fine hardstone cameo by Saulini in the Birmingham City Museum, virtually identical in design, as many came from design books that circulated in the 19th century and earlier. It is set in a modern mount stamped 9ct, with a suspension loop, overall 2 1/4 x 2 inches: 59 x 53mm
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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