New York, East
31 May 2000
TWO FRENCH SULPHIDE PORTRAIT TUMBLERS
19th century, possibly by Martoret or Mont-Cenis
Each hexagonal boss incrusted with a bust-length portrait of either Napoleon I in the guise of Ceasar after Andrieu F, labelled below, or Czar Alexander I in the guise of Ceasar by Desprez, after an Andrieu medal of 1814, encompassed within variant moulded strapwork on a seeded ground, raised on gadrooned feet
3¾in. (9.5cm.) high (2)
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Cf. Paul Jokelson, Sulphides the Art of Cameo Incrustation, New York, 1968, p. 44, fig. 34 for a sulphide of Czar Alexander I of Russia impressed 'Montcenis'
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