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    Sale 12299

    Jewellery & Watches

    15 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 142

    TWO IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY AGATE CAMEOS, BY CERBARA

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    TWO IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY AGATE CAMEOS, BY CERBARA
    The first an oval sardonyx cameo depicting the profile of a youthful Hercules/Herakles with club resting behind his neck, circa 1820, 5.0cm; the second an oval agate cameo depicting the full face of Hermes/Mercury with winged helmet and caduceus, circa 1820, 5.5cm, probably by Giuseppe Cerbara
    Each signed CERBARA, probably by Giuseppe Cerbara


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    Post Lot Text

    The first cameo is probably after the Lansdowne Herakles, a Roman marble sculpture of about 125 A.D. representing the hero Herakles as a beardless Lysippic youth. The sculpture was discovered in fragmented condition in 1790 on the site of Hadrian's Villa in Trivoli and is thought to be a copy of a Greek original from the 4th century B.C. In 1792 the restored statue was purchased by the Marquess of Lansdowne. It was later sold at auction in 1930 and is currently housed in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum 'Getty Villa', Malibu California.
    The second cameo is probably after the Vatican Hermes, a 2nd century Roman copy of a Greek original of the 5th century B.C. housed in the Vatican Museum, Rome.