A Carved Helmet Shell
A Carved Helmet Shell

A Carved Helmet Shell

c. 1850 Naples

Offered by Anthony Outred Ltd


To browse more Decorative Antiques click here

To see more from this dealer click here

The Carved Shell: 4 1⁄2” (11.5 cm) High; 4 3⁄4” Wide; 5 1⁄4” (13 cm) Deep
The Uncarved Shell: 5 1⁄4” (13 cm) High; 6 1⁄2” (16.5 cm) Wide; 6 3⁄4” (17 cm) Deep

A helmet shell carved with a classical scene of a painter assessing five female nudes, framed by a scrolling, foliate border. Together with a second uncarved helmet shell.

This type of carving has its origins in the carved gemstones of ancient Greece and Rome. Skilled craftsmen would cut away layers of the gemstones, using the natural variations in the stone to create multicoloured reliefs known as cameos. This practise was revived in Renaissance Italy, and also applied to other materials such as shell and glass. In the 19th century carved shells became a popular souvenir from the Grand Tour, with Naples the main centre of the industry.
Stock Code
Anthony Outred Ltd

Anthony Outred Ltd
74 Pimlico Road

Contact Details
+44 (0)20-7730 7948
Email Dealer More Contact Details
Opening Hours
View Dealer Location
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details