A big, triple layer agate cameo by L. Merley, mounted on an important bracelet in gold and enamels. Private male portrait. The character, to be identified, is turned to the left and is characterized by short and cared hair and a thin beard, joined with the moustache, as it was fashionable in that times (1870 circa). The engraving was carried out and signed by Louis Merley (1815-1883), a famous french sculptor, medallist and engraver, author of the 20 gold francs (head of Ceres, 1851) and of a beautiful laureate portrait of Napoleon III for bronze medals (e.g. the discovery of Nineveh, 1853). The cameo, signed on the edge of the neck, is carried out with remarkable artistry and attention to details, the which are aimed to convey an expressive and physiognomic rendering of the character. The work is mounted in a big gold bracelet, decorated with a greek fret pattern and orned by two ovals: heraldic crest a "lion armé et lampassé de gueules", in silver and red and black enamel; monogram on blue enamel, probably the initials. A third oval works as a latch , and is made of the bust (ciselled in high releief) of a miniature horseman with armour. The jewel is still kept in its original ancient box. Second half of the 19th century.
Intaglio 34 x 45 x 14 mm; Bracelet diam. 51 x 56 mm; gr. 72,61.