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A CARVED OVAL ONYX CAMEO BUST OF A YOUNG FAUN
Facing front, the head tilted slightly to the right, the left shoulder draped and brooched; in narrow gold mount in wood and associated hardstone-inlaid wood epitaph frame flanked by Corinthian columns surmounted by a broken pediment enclosing a vase of flowers, on an easel, the frame stamped 'H.M', for Hugues & Morel, London
The original gem in the Farnese collection - upon which the present example is based - was also reproduced in a 15th century plaquette (see E. F. Bange Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in anderen Metallen, Berlin, 1923, p. 14, no. 94, pl. 25), and in paste and plaster casts (see L. P. B. Stefanelli, La Collezione Paoletti, Rome, 2007, 323, IV, no. 622).