Lot 47
  • 47

Enamel and hardstone intaglio, early 19th century

5,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • agate, gold, enamel
Set with an oval hardstone intaglio depicting a putto riding a dolphin, signed Berini, to a mid 19th century filigree work and enamel frame, brooch and pendant fittings, later fitted case.

Catalogue Note

Antonio Berini (1770 to 1830) was an Italian gem engraver, who worked under Giovanni Pichler in Rome and later in Milan. Though most of his subjects are classical, he is most famous for a cameo of Napoleon carved in 1802 with a red vein in the stone encircling Napoleon's throat, resulting in Berini's brief imprisonment as a suspected assassin. A similar cameo, devoid of seditious inclusions, is now housed in the British Museum, 1978/1002.998. Other examples of his work are to be found in the Royal Collection, 442201 and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, 40.20.32.