An antique cameo-cut souvenir shell lampshade. During the late 19th century, cameos became a popular souvenir of middle class tourists of the Grand Tour. Many examples from Naples were cut with scenes of an erupting Vesuvius, conjuring a romantic vision of Pompeii in its final hours.

Published in: Uncategorized on March 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Neat! I lived in Florida for many years and I have seen these carved seashells (more run of the mill though, with a palm tree or “Florida” in fancy script). The shell makes such an interesting shape. Great job on those characteristic bumps at the bottom.

  2. Very cool. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of these. Nice drawing!

  3. What a lovely, unexpected subject! That luminous transparency comes across very well in your drawing.

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