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Italian, circa 1800

Cameo with a Roman Patrician

Estimate:

1,200 - 1,800 GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, circa 1800

Italian, circa 1800

Cameo with a Roman Patrician

Cameo with a Roman Patrician

Estimate:

1,200 - 1,800 GBP

Lot sold:

1,512

GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, circa 1800

Cameo with a Roman Patrician


chalcedony, within a mount

intaglio: 18mm., 5/8in.

22mm., 7/8 in. overall

Overall the condition of the gem is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Some natural dark specks or inclusions in the stone. The mount was probably once a ring, but the band has been removed and the mount adapted to fit a necklace. Otherwise general wear to the 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

By tradition, Joséphine Bonaparte, Empress of France (1763- 1814);
Possibly acquired from the Empress Joséphine (or her estate) by Lord Edward Lascelles, “ Beau Lascelles” (1764-1814);
Thence by descent to his grand-niece Catherine, Mrs Granville Edwin Lloyd-Baker (1841-1890);
Thence by family descent to the present owner

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, on long term loan (ref: LOAN:MET ANON.105&A-1968)

The model is close to that of an intaglio found in the Paoletti collection and catalogued as M. Tulliio Cicero which was thought in the Bessborough collection in the 18th century. The identification as Cicero does not accord with the Roman statesman's likeness as acknowledged today. See L. Pirzio Biroli Stefanelli, La collezione Paoletti, Stampi in vetro per impronte di intagli e cammei, vol. ii, Rome, 2013, pp. 317, tome IV, 7, no. 513.