Framed set of Italian Grand Tour cameo portrait plaques

£7,500

Set within a carved giltwood frame, this elegant series of works are Classically-inspired portrait cameos and miniatures, dating to the Grand tour.

 

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Description

Set in a carved giltwood frame, this elegant set consists of nine oval-shaped cameo plaques, comprising six classical profile portraits. The gods and goddesses shown include Athena, Mars, Mercury, two Bacchantes and a further female with a lyre.

There are also three figural subjects, comprising Juno, probably Laetitia, and another that likely depicts the Judgement of Solomon. Such works as these were popular during the Grand Tour, a time when wealthy aristocrats and travellers from Northern Europe journeyed to Italy, with an eye to see the great historical monuments and Classical heritage, and would look to take something worthy of their visit back with them. These fine cameos, exceptionally carved and with superb detailing, are some of the best finds of this sort.

Details

Country of Origin
Italian
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
Period
19th Century
Style
Classical, Grand Tour, Mythological, Portrait
Material
Hardstone
Colour
Gold, White

Dimensions

Height
28 cm / 11 inches
Width
23.5 cm / 9.1 inches
Depth
2.5 cm / 0.8 inches

Reference:
17190

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