Regency Period Harlequin "Classical Muses" Cameo Brooch
DATE: Georgian Regency Period, c.1810
This antique brooch is divine. It's modelled in 15k gold, intricately worked in the regency style, and set with a Harlequin rainbow of gemstones around a central shell cameo. I believe the piece depicts the nine Classical Muses: a Lyre for Epic Poetry (Calliope), Dance (Terpsichore), and Love Poetry (Erato); an Aulos (ancient form of flute) for Music (Euterpe); the Globe and Compass for Astronomy (Urania); the Theatre Mask for Comedy (Thalia) and Tragedy (Melpomene); and a Broken Column for History (Clio); and finally, the harlequin multi-coloured gemstones represents Agriculture (Polyhymnia) - as in a bountiful harvest.
Natural Emerald, Ruby, Amethyst, Turquoise and Diamond
2.9 x 2.6cm
No marks present, tests as 15k gold