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Italian, 18th century | Cameo with a Leopard

Italian, 18th century | Cameo with a Leopard

Italian, 18th century | Cameo with a Leopard

Italian, 18th century

Cameo with a Leopard

chalcedony, within a modern brooch mount

cameo: 23.7 by 30.7mm., 0.93 by 1.21in.

mount: 24.7 by 32.3mm., 0.97 by 1.27in.

Overall in good condition with minor surface dirt and wear. A few small chips, notably to the terrasse and the proper left front paw and the tip of the tail. Very small chip to the edge at the top and another to edge at bottom on the right hand side covered by the mount. A stable hairline fissure in the stone running through the hind legs.

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Big cats have fascinated gem engravers since antiquity. This exquisite cameo of a leopard utilises the natural mottling in the stone to mimic the animal's spotted fur. The same use of the material appears in a closely analogous 18th-century cameo with a leopard in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. no. 39.22.37. For further stylistic comparison, see a cameo with a pacing lioness by Giovanni Pichler (1734-1791), published in op. cit., no. 260. 

D. Scarisbrick, The Art of Gem Engraving from Alexander the Great to Napoleon III, Fukuoka, 2008, p. 216