A fine group of Grand Tour gem cameo intaglios mounted in a glazed frame, in the manner of James Tassie, of various historical figures dating from the 19th Century.
The intaglios are beautifully mounted on the gilt inner oval frame with a light brown ground in a rectangular black lacquer frame decorated with ormolu beaded and egg and dart bands.
They consist of eighteen intaglios comprising classical portraits, figures and cherubs.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 25 x Width 20 x Depth 3
Dimensions in inches:
Height 9.8 x Width 7.9 x Depth 1.2
James Tassie (1735–1799)
Was a Scottish gem engraver and modeller. He is remembered for a particular style of miniature medallion heads, portraying the profiles of the rich and famous of Britain, and for making and selling large numbers of “Tassie casts” of engraved gems for collectors.
The Grand Tour
Was the traditional trip around Europe, often lasting three to four years, undertaken by the wealthy upper-class English during the 16th and 17th century. Their prime interest was to visit cities that were considered major centres of culture; Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples were popular destinations.
During the 18th and 19th century, the opportunity to take the “Grand Tour” spread from the aristocracy to the new industrial and professional elites, tourist destinations such as Rome shifted their attention from the privileged class to meeting the travel needs of the monied middle-class, including a healthy souvenir trade.
Souvenir engravings of tourist attractions began to appear everywhere. In addition to albums of engraved views, “the Grand Tour offered another very popular type of travel souvenir, the now nearly forgotten cameos. The taste for these engraved antique gems was revived as part of the classical revival and later reproduced as miniature plaster casts. Mounted in faux book bindings, these plaster cameos provided a minutely detailed cabinet of neoclassical knowledge and art.
Our reference: 09328