Cameo ring: a DiVino jewel from Torre del Greco
- Real cameo (about 2 cm) in carnelian shell elaborated with the traditional burin processing of Torre del Greco
- 925 rhodium-plated silver frame (does not darken) with concealed adjustment (visible in the photo)
- Work of art created by the master Domenico Accusato. Each cameo, while faithfully reproducing my original design, is different from the other, the pride of its craftsmanship and the different shell from which it is made.
- The box, in cardboard White wine with brand Red wine and FSC® certification, it contains residues of organic products (by-products of corn processing) which replace 15% of the wood pulp. The glue is water based. Contains the certificate of artistic work and the certificate of guarantee.
- Shipping in 2-3 weeks. Each cameo is created specifically for the customer at the time of the order.
The Cammeo DiVino is a chalice whose belly is formed by a fish, to underline the indissoluble link between wine and food, framed in a laurel wreath that culminates in a touch. I designed this cameo ring for sommeliers who feel in their hearts to acquire, exchange and share their knowledge of wine and food. I asked the Master Domenico Accused to create these small wearable works of art, unique and precious symbols of belonging to the extraordinary Grand Tour that distinguishes our life. Yes, because we Sommeliers are driven by a thirst for knowledge that asks us to read, study, taste, experience grape harvest and cellar, meet key figures.
Have you ever heard someone tell you "I'm leaving for the Grand Tour"? There was a time when aristocrats went on a journey that was considered more of a mission than just tourism. The goal of the Grand Tour was to know. Learn about history, art and politics by studying the language, buying works of art, visiting the ruins and enjoying the "dolce vita" of the place. Favorite destinations? Obviously Italy and France. The most important stops were Venice, Rome, Naples and Taormina. We were "lost" from the Palladian villas to the Roman ruins, from the Neapolitan neoclassical to the Sicilian baroque.
One of the highlights of the Grand Tour was having a portrait done by an important painter and engraver of the time like Canaletto. Of course having his portrait painted on a small object like the cameo was much more convenient than making a larger canvas travel. Likewise - when buying works of art was not possible - a cameo depicting them was the perfect souvenir!
The cameo is a jewel made through the engraving of a stone, a shell or other layered material that allows you to isolate the figure in relief. The manufacturing of the cameo reached its peak in the Renaissance thanks to the Medici family. In cinematic language the cameo is the special participation of a famous or important person in the role of supporting actor. And isn't this the role of the Sommelier? As Eric Asimov wrote in the New York Times in November 2012: "Think of him as a smiling wine ambassador, bringing a wine list from which you can derive potential pleasure." We Sommeliers are the cameo of the most important moments of the people we serve and this makes us really happy.
The Master, the artist, the man
Domenico Accusato discovered his talent for cameo engraving at an early age, earning his art diploma at the glorious Torre del Greco School in 1992. He attended the three-year course of the faculty of Architecture, but had an unstoppable passion for bas-relief sculpture he soon leads him to relentlessly grasp the burin on the stick with which, amidst shell dust and classical studies, he affirms himself as the rising signature of the Cameo.
“I'm still learning” is the quote that best suits his personal engraving, always looking for new ideas and research. Japan has been receiving him for years and years as the cultural ambassador of the cameo of Torre del Greco, for his constant presence in exhibitions and dynamic demonstrations of the burin workmanship of the cameo. Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, in the East the usual stages of the travels of the master who year after year consolidates his cultural mission of bringing the Torre del Greco cameo to the world.
Cameo DiVino: the ancient burin technique
Even today, Maestro Domenico Accusato carries out the workmanship of the cameo by hand. The first phase consists in choosing the shell suitable for the engraving (I chose the carnelian for its color tending to orange red to create the white wine-red wine contrast). Subsequently it performs the popping, that is the cutting of the most convex part of the shell, the "cup". Then he marks and shapes the cut piece: inside the cup the contours of the cameos to be obtained are traced and the superfluous parts are eliminated by cutting them. Finally it carries out the clasping, which consists in giving the piece the desired shape (usually oval or round) using a special wheel. At this point the master fixes the pieces obtained on a wooden spindle with hot mastic composed of Greek pitch, wax and scagliola. Then he performs the peeling that is the abrasion of the outermost part of the shell in order to leave the clear layer to be engraved on the surface and draws the subject to be reproduced on the surface.
Cameo from Torre del Greco: a unique jewel
Torre del Greco is the world capital of shell cameo. The art of cameo manufacturing developed in Naples in the Torre del Greco area together with that of coral, thanks to trade from Africa and Central America. Torre del Greco reached the pinnacle of success thanks to its artisans, so much so that, in 1876, the School of Coral Engraving and Industrial Artistic Design was established, transforming the Torrese town into one of the poles for the processing of coral and the most important shells in the world. Still today the Torrese school, now Liceo Artistico F. Degni holds the record for the most advanced techniques of workmanship of cameo and coral and for the quality of the artifacts.
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