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Italian, late 16th century | Cameo with Omphale

The Beauty Within: Gems from the Chenel Collection (lots 31-42)

Italian, late 16th century | Cameo with Omphale

Italian, late 16th century | Cameo with Omphale

The Beauty Within: Gems from the Chenel Collection (lots 31-42)

Italian, late 16th century

Cameo with Omphale


chalcedony, in a 19th-century partially enamelled rock crystal pendant mount

cameo: 30.3mm., 1.25in.

mount: 64.4mm., 2.54in.

Overall in good condition with minor surface dirt and wear consistent with age. A small chip (with fill) to the nose. Minor losses to the cameo around the edge, notably at the top. There is fill and fabric behind the cameo on the reverse. Minor general wear to the mount, including some small chips to the rock crystal.


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Chenel collection, Paris
The mistress of Hercules, Omphale was a popular subject in late-Renaissance cameo carving. Some examples show the two characters side by side, both wearing the lion skin over their heads. This very fine representation of the mythological queen is datable to the late 16th century and compares to other Italian cameos with the subject, including a gem in the Museo degli Argenti in Florence (op. cit., no. 94). The same collection preserves a 16th-century cameo with the head of Hercules (ibid., no. 66), which exhibits a similar facial type and possibly indicates that the present jewel may once have had a pendant with the god facing to the dexter. Further stylistic comparison can be made with a double portrait cameo in Munich, dated to circa 1600 (Weber, op. cit., no. 157).

RELATED LITERATURE
I. Weber, Geschnittene Steine aus altbayerischem Besitz: Kameen und Intaglien des 15. bis späten 17. Jahrhunderts in der Staatlichen Münzsammlung München, Berlin, 2001; R. Gennaioli, Le gemme dei Medici al Museo degli Argenti: Cammei e Intagli nelle collezioni di Palazzo Pitti, Florence and Milan, 2007, nos. 429, 434, and 437