PROBABLY ROMAN, 2ND-3RD CENTURY
PIN WITH A CAMEO OF CUPID AS THANATOS
onyx, set in a gold pin
stone: 1.8cm., ¾in.
8.5cm., 3⅜in. overall
Overall the condition of the stone is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There a a very slight stable fissure running from the bottom right corner through the wing towards the top. Associated small loss to right side. Small chip to the proper right knee. Part of the torch is lost. There are a few small abrasions including to the proper left thigh. There are a few very minor chips including to the left side. There is general wear to the mount which appears to date to the early 19th century.
"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.
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Compare with a pair of Roman gold, onyx cameo, sapphire and pearl earrings, sold at Christie's (online), Ancient Jewelry: Wearable Art, lot 25, and with a cameo of the same subject in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, and formerly in the Prince Yusupov Collection (inv. no. P. 12535).