ITALIAN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
CAMEO WITH BACCHUS
agate, in a gold mount
stone: 3.4cm., 1⅜in.
ring size: R
Overall the condition of the stone is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a very minor and stable split or natural vein in the bottom left corner running through the ram’s head; very minor. There is an associated percussion point to the left edge. There is a very small possible loss to the stem of the grapes. Minor dirt to the crevices. Minor general wear to the mount.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Compare with a series of cameos by Benedetto Pistrucci, particularly a cameo of Bacchus, in the Staatlichen Münzsammlung, Munich - illustrated in I. Weber, Geschnittene Steine des 18.-20. Jh., Munich, 1995, p. 88-90, no. 90, ill. X.