43
43
Italian or French, circa 1560
PENDANT CAMEO WITH AN EMPEROR
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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43
Italian or French, circa 1560
PENDANT CAMEO WITH AN EMPEROR
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Italian or French, circa 1560
PENDANT CAMEO WITH AN EMPEROR
agate, set in an enamelled gold pendant
pendant: 40mm., 1 11/16 in. 
overall: 45mm., 1¾in. suspended
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Provenance

Emile Wertheimer (1874-1953), 2 Redington Gardens, Hampstead, London;
A. Loria (Wertheimer), until 1953;
their sale Sotheby’s, London, 7 July 1953, lot 78;
Martin Desmoni, 1953-1960;
his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 17 May 1960, lot 104

Exhibited

San Francisco, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, 1958, no. 17

Literature

M. L. D’Otrange-Mastai, ‘A Collection of Renaissance Jewels’, Connoisseur, April 1957, vol. CXXXIX, p131, no. 20;
Exhibition of Renaissance Jewels Selected from the Collection of Martin J. Desmoni, exh. cat., San Francisco, 1958, no. 17

Catalogue Note

Compare the setting to exhibited in Joyaux Renaissance, no. 18 (mid-16th, Milan), and a 16th-century Jupiter cameo in the Cabinet des Medailles. Compare the elaborate interlace strap work and moresques on the reverse to the prints of Etienne Delaune and Jean Gourmont, c. 1550-1575. The enamelling is close to that on the reverse of a cameo pendant published by Scarisbrick (op. cit., p. 14) and to that on the reverse of cameo in Cabinet des Medailles, (inv. no. BNF.742), also note another published by Hackenbroch (op. cit., pp. 82, 84-85). Compare also with the cameo with an agate cameo portrait of the Emperor Hadrian in the Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, Cabinet des Medailles (op. cit. fig. 212). 

RELATED LITERATURE
Y. Hackenbroch, Renaissance Jewellery, New York, 1979; Joyaux Renaissance: Une Splendeur Retrouvée, exh. cat., Gallerie Kugel, Paris 2000; D. Scarisbrick, Portrait Jewels: Opulence and Intimacy from the Medici to the Romanovs, London, 2011

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