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Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Cameo with an Empress

Estimate:

2,000 - 3,000 GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Cameo with an Empress

Cameo with an Empress

Estimate:

2,000 - 3,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,024

GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

Italian, probably Rome, late 18th century

Cameo with an Empress


chalcedony, within a mount

cameo: 25mm., in.

28mm., 1 1/8 in. overall

Overall the condition of the gem is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Natural veining in the stone. The mount was probably once a ring, but the band has been removed and the mount adapted to fit a necklace. There is a slight lacuna between the mount and stone at the upper edge. 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)

Compare with the cameo with Apollo attributed to Edward Burch in the Royal Collection (inv. no. RCIN 65183). See K. Aschengreen Piacenti and J. Boardman, Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, London, 2008, p. 50, no. 26.