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French or Italian, circa 1810

The Glyptics, Italian, 17th - 19th century | Choker

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

French or Italian, circa 1810

French or Italian, circa 1810

The Glyptics, Italian, 17th - 19th century | Choker

The Glyptics, Italian, 17th - 19th century | Choker

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Lot sold:

37,800

GBP

Property from a private British Collection - Lots 1 – 15

French or Italian, circa 1810

The Glyptics, Italian, 17th - 19th century

Choker


chalcedony, enamel and cloth

adorned with:

an Italian, late 18th-century, cameo with Venus fishing for the Genius of Charm, amongst cupids;

an Italian, late 18th-/ early 19th-century cameo with Medusa;

an Italian, late 18th-/ early 19th-century cameo with a Roman patrician;

a Northern Italian, probably 17th-century cameo with Minerva;

an Italian, late 18th-/ early 19th-century cameo with a Roman matron;

an Italian, 18th-century cameo Venus bathing;

an Italian, 18th-century cameo with Hercules;

an Italian, late 18th-/ early 19th-century cameo a Satyr;

an Italian, late 18th-/ early 19th-century cameo a Roman woman with a diadem;

and ten an Italian, early 19th-century intaglios with animals


Cameo with Venus fishing amongst cupids: 2cm.,¾in.

Cameo with Medusa: 2.4cm.,⅞in.

Cameo with a profile of a Roman patrician: 2.5cm., 1in.

Cameo with Minerva: 2.8cm., 1.1in.

Cameo with a Roman Matron: 2.8cm., 1.1in.

Cameo with Venus bathing: 2.7cm., 1in.

Cameo with the head of Hercules: 2.5cm., 1in.

Cameo with a Satyr: 2.3cm.,⅞in.

Cameo with a Roman woman with a diadem: 2cm., ¾ in.

ten intaglios with animals: 0.5cm., ¼ in.

32cm., 12 1/2 in. overall

Overall the condition of each of the cameos is generally excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surfaces consistent with age. Natural veining to the stones. There is a small chip with an old gold repair to the edge of the cameo with the head of a bald Roman patrician. The mounts were probably once rings, but the bands have been removed and the mounts adapted to be fitted onto the present bandeau. Minor wear to these mounts. There is wear to the fabric bandeau: some of the blue enamelled mounts are a little loose. One of the carnelian intaglios is partially loose. One or two of the blue enamelled mounts are lost.


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.104-1968)