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In enamelled silver pendant mount
Early 17th century
Size: 4 cm high, 3 cm wide – 1½ ins high, 1¼ ins wide
Vasari records in his 'Lives' of 1568 that in Italy 'the shops of the goldsmiths, or rather the whole world, may be seen to be full of impressions taken in gesso, sulphur, or other compositions from the intaglio in which were made scenes, figures and heads'.
Valerio Belli of Vincenza was the leading gem engraver in the fist quarter of the 16th century and many of his finely engraved scenes by demand were classical, but they challenged the perceptions of the boundaries of ancient and modern. Using anciently derived but 'modern' renaissance technical skills he carved many antique mythological images.
|Height||4.00 cm||(1.57 inches)|
|Width||3.00 cm||(1.18 inches)|