• Jewels and Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2841

    Jewels and Watches

    31 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 18


    Price Realised  


    The oval hardstone cameo, depicting Emperor Vespasian, within a mount composed of two entwined snakes, with blue enamelled band, to a brooch surmount, circa 1820
    The cameo signed Girometti
    Giuseppe Girometti was one of the most celebrated gem and medal carvers of his period. On the command of Canova, he was employed by the Papal Mint from 1822 onward. Other notable patrons of the artist included Tsar Alexander I, the Grand-Duke of Tuscany, the King of Sardinia, King George IV of England, and Prince Borghese. For more detailed information on the artist, see Michel Duchamp's articles in the Revue du Louvre, no. 5, 1990, pp. 398-401, in the Bulletin de la Socit franaise de Numismatique, February 1991, pp. 28-31, in the Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Baden-Wrttemberg, 30, 1993, pp. 77-87, in The Medal, 24, Spring 1994, and in the Revue de Gemmologie AFG, 129, December 1996, p. 7.

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