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Italian, probably Rome, circa 1800

Cameo with an Egyptian queen, perhaps Cleopatra

Estimate:

1,200 - 1,800 GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, probably Rome, circa 1800

Italian, probably Rome, circa 1800

Cameo with an Egyptian queen, perhaps Cleopatra

Cameo with an Egyptian queen, perhaps Cleopatra

Estimate:

1,200 - 1,800 GBP

Lot sold:

5,670

GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, probably Rome, circa 1800

Cameo with an Egyptian queen, perhaps Cleopatra


chalcedony, within a mount

cameo: 18mm., 5/8 in.

23mm., 7/8 in. overall

Overall the condition of the gem is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. A few very minor scratches to the back. 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 present gem recalls the ancient Alexandrian 1st-century BC cameo with an Egyptian queen or Isis from the Marlborough gems, published by J. Boardman, D. Scarisbrick, C. Wagner, and E. Zwierlein-Diehl, The Marlborough Gems, Oxford, 2009, p. 164, no. 358.