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Southern Italian, probably Palermo, Sicily, circa 1220-1240 | An Important Cameo with the Ascension of the Prophet Elijah to Heaven from the Imperial Treasury of the Holy Roman Emperors

Estimate:

120,000 - 180,000 GBP

Southern Italian, probably Palermo, Sicily, circa 1220-1240 | An Important Cameo with the Ascension of the Prophet Elijah to Heaven from the Imperial Treasury of the Holy Roman Emperors

Southern Italian, probably Palermo, Sicily, circa 1220-1240 | An Important Cameo with the Ascension of the Prophet Elijah to Heaven from the Imperial Treasury of the Holy Roman Emperors

Estimate:

120,000 - 180,000 GBP

Lot sold:

801,500

GBP

Southern Italian, probably Palermo, Sicily, circa 1220-1240

An Important Cameo with the Ascension of the Prophet Elijah to Heaven from the Imperial Treasury of the Holy Roman Emperors


chalcedony, within a mid-16th-century enamelled gold mount with arabesques

inscribed in Hebrew to the reverse: 

נעלה אליה לשמים

[Elijah was raised to Heaven]

cameo: 27 by 28.6mm., 1.06 by 1.12in.

35.3 by 37.8mm., 1.4 by 1.39in.

Overall the condition of the cameo is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The original beautifully polished surface is well preserved. There are a few minor condition points to note outlined below.


Front: There is a slight fissure running close by the lower right edge through the rear wheel of the chariot. There are very minor associated losses at the upper and lower ends of this fissure. The fissure was probably caused by percussion since there is an associated nick to the mount on the lower right side. There are three very minor small chips: to the edge of the rear chariot wheel; to the cloak; and to the front hooves of the nearest horse. There are two very minor scratches to the caramel coloured layer of stone to the left of the furthest horse's head. When the cameo is held to the light there is a possible vein or darker area to the right of Elijah's back.


Reverse: There are very minor surface abrasions. There is minor dirt to the Hebrew characters.


The mount: There are losses to the enamelling, in particular to the front and to the lower right section of the reverse of the mount. There is minor surface wear to the enamelling. There are a few very minor nicks and scratches to the gold. There is a plain area at the top edge of the mount which appears never to have been enamelled. This may have been where a chain or other accessory was attached. The cameo is very slightly loose in the mount, but is stable.


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Imperial Treasury, Kaiserliche Schatzkammer, of the Holy Roman Emperors, Vienna, by 1619, in which year recorded in the inventory of Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (1557-1619);
by descent in the Imperial Treasury of the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors, Vienna;
dispersed from the Imperial Treasury between 1750 and 1927;
private collection Germany, until circa 2007;
the present owner, United Kingdom
1619 postmortem inventory of Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (1557-1619), no. 2289, 'Ain agata, in gold und schwarz geschmölzt eingefast, mit dem triumpfwagen,
auf der andern seithen mit frembden buechstaben';
1750 inventory of the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer, Vienna, 'Ein rundes
mitteres basrelief von onyx, worauf Elias, wie er in den himmel fahrt, ruckwerts eine
Hebreische schrift eingestochen, in gold gefast un schwarz geschmolzen';
Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses: 1899,
XCIV, no. 2289 (1619 inventory); and 1889, CCLVI, no.151 (1750 inventory).