Lot 185
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CARNELIAN INTAGLIO RING, NATHANIEL MARCHANT, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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125,000 GBP
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Description

  • Nathaniel Marchant
  • carnelian, gold
The oval brown agate carved with an intaglio of the Apollo Belvedere, signed Marchant, mounted as a ring, size J.

Literature

A cast of matching design can be found in the Tassie archives, no. 1007.

Cf.: Catalogue of One Hundred Impressions from Gems engraved by Nathaniel Marchant, J.Edwards, London, 1792, pg. 10, no. XIV, for a listing of a sardonyx intaglio of the Apollo Belvedere, commissioned by the politician J. Cox Hippisley, 1st Baronet (1746-1825).

Cf.: G. Seidmann, Nathaniel Marchant, Gem Engraver, 1739-1816, The Walpole Society,LIII, 1987, pg.41-2, no.11, mentions that this design of the Apollo Belvedere was particularly popular, and Marchant carved several intaglios of it.

Catalogue Note

Nathaniel Marchant RA (1739-1816) was a noted English engraver of cameos, intaglios and medals, and held a number of prestigious appointments, including assistant engraver to the mint, gem sculptor to the Prince of Wales, engraver to the King, and engraver to the stamp office.
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