Description: rectangular, the lid inset with two oval onyx cameos, one carved with Eurydice in swirling garments bitten by the serpent, after Giovanni Pichler, the other with the vestal virgin Tuccia with her sieve, after Luigi Pichler, each in a rectangular gold spandrel with cut corners, chased with leaf motifs, within dark blue enamel borders, gold mounts and lining,
bear's head 3e titre and 3e Paris titre et
Dimensions: 8.9cm., 3 1/2 in. long
Condition Report: The overall condition is very good. There are very few minor chips to the tortoiseshell, including a small chip to the left front corner of the lid. Chip of 5 mm at the widest part on the lower left front corner, as well as a fine hair crack on the lower right front corner. Some scratches to the gold lining.The cameos and the enamel are in very good condition apart from haircrack across foot of right hand cameo and hairline crack across the left leg of Eurydice. Cameos unsigned.
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Literature: See James Tassie,
Descriptive Catalogue of engraved gems, London, 1791, gem 15486 for the cameo of Eurydice and Georg Lippold,
Gemmen und Kameen des Altertums und der Neuzeit, Stuttgart, 1922, plate CLIX, fig. 8, for the cameo of Tuccia.
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