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A CARVED AJOURE CHALCEDONY DOUBLE PORTRAIT PROFILE CAMEO OF A MAN AND WOMAN
Side by side, facing to the right, she has an elaborate coiffure with veil and wears jewels; applied to a nephrite ground within an associated oval pierced gilt-metal frame of fleurs-de-lis and acanthus linked by ribbons
Similar double portrait cameos of Alfonso of Ferrara and his wife Lucrezia de' Medici are in museum collections (see R. Gennaioli, Le Gemme dei Medici al Museo degli Argenti, Florence, 2007, no. 315; I. Weber, Geschnittene Steine aus Altbayerischem Besitz, Munich and Berlin, 2001, no. 78, and E. Babelon, Catalogue des Camées Antiques et Modernes de la Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1897, no. 956).