GIUSEPPE GIROMETTI (1780-1851)
Giuseppe Girometti was one of the most celebrated gem and medal carvers of his period. On the command of the sculptor 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 Societé Francaise 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.
GIUSEPPE CERBARA (1770-1840)
According to R. Righetti, Incisori di Gemme e Cammei in Roma dal Rinascimento all'Ottocento (1952) a number of cameos exist signed Cerbara making it difficult to distinguish between members of the family. Giovanni Battista Cerbara (1740-circa 1812) was famous for engraving contemporary portraits, his sons Giuseppe (1770-1840) and Nicola Cerbara (1797-1858) are mentioned as gem engravers and also worked as medallists at the Rome mint. For further information see C. Bulgari, Argentieri, Gemmari e Orafi d'Italia (Rome, 1958).