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    Sale 12299

    Jewellery & Watches

    15 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 143

    TWO IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY AGATE CAMEOS, BY CERBARA

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    TWO IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY AGATE CAMEOS, BY CERBARA
    The first oval cameo depicting the 'Crouching Venus' with her knee close to the ground crossing her arms and with head turned slightly to the right, 5.6cm; the second oval cameo depicting the seated figure of Mars with circular shield by his side and sheathed sword, 6.3cm, in gilt card frames, circa 1820
    Each signed CERBARA, probably for Giuseppe Cerbara


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    Post Lot Text

    The first cameo is after the ‘Crouching Venus’ known as the ‘Diodalsas Type’, the subject in this pose shows Venus surprised at her bath, originally from the Hellenistic period, many copies and similar variations have been excavated on Roman sites in Italy and France. A group of these can be seen in the Farnese Collection at the Museo Archeologico, Naples. Other examples include the Vénus Accroupie in the Musée du Louvre, the Lely Venus which is housed in the British Museum (inv. No BM 1963). A later Roman copy of the Crouching Venus can be seen in the Uffizi in Florence this differs in showing the head in a full face attitude. Refer F. Haskell and N. Penny, 'Taste in the Antique: Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900', Yale University Press, (1981).
    The second cameo is after the 'Mars Ludovisi', a Roman copy of a Greek statue by Scopias dating from the 2nd century B.C. in the collection of the Palazzo Altemps, Museo Romano Nazionale, Rome