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Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Cameo with a Youth, perhaps Paris

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Cameo with a Youth, perhaps Paris

Cameo with a Youth, perhaps Paris

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Cameo with a Youth, perhaps Paris


chalcedony, in a mount

cameo: 23mm., 7/8in.

25mm., 1in. overall

Overall the condition of the gem is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Natural veining and 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.


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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)

This curious cameo shows a youth wearing what appears to be a Phrygian cap. However, cap, lacks the characteristic conical bent apex. Compare with Pichler's carnelian Head of Paris published in Raspe-Tassie no. 15509 (this may be the intaglio in the Hermitage, inv. no. E-17089). For another cameo with a similar cap, see William Brown's Priam in the Hermitage (inv. no. K-1840).