PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY | CAMEO WITH A YOUNG WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY | CAMEO WITH A YOUNG WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
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LUGGALA, PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE HON. GARECH BROWNE

PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY | CAMEO WITH A YOUNG WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

LUGGALA, PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE HON. GARECH BROWNE

PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY | CAMEO WITH A YOUNG WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

LUGGALA, PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE HON. GARECH BROWNE


PROBABLY ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

CAMEO WITH A YOUNG WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS


agate, in a late 17th-century partially enamelled silver diamond set pendant mount

monogrammed: MS to the reverse

cameo: 2.2cm., ⅞in.

3.8cm., 1½in. overall

Condition Report

Overall the condition of the cameo is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor losses, including to the woman's nose and to the edge of the sleeve, and a further possible minor loss to the strands of hair at the back of the neck. There is some veining to the stone in the background, and there are some very minor chips to the edges. There is some tarnishing to the silver mount. There are remnants of enamelling to the crown-shaped 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."

Saleroom Notice

Note that the cameo is very similar to another depicting Mary Queen of Scots in the Cabinet des Medailles in Paris. This strengthens the identification of the sitter of the present gem as Mary Queen of Scots. See online note for more information.

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The costume worn by the young lady in this charming cameo portrait is similar to that seen on a bust attributed to Domenico Poggini (1520-1590) and said to represent Lucrezia Pucci Ridolfi (1540-1568) in the Bargello in Florence (inv. no. 82). The identification of the sitter of the present gem as Mary Queen of Scots is strengthened by a comparison with a very similar cameo depicting the young Queen in the Cabinet des Medailles in Paris which is illustrated in D. Scarisbrick, 'Treasured in Adversity: The Jewels of Mary Stuart-II,' Country Life, 10 June 1982, figs. 5 and 6.

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