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Shell cameo after a painting by Gagneraux in gold, around 1910


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Shell cameo after a painting by Gagneraux in gold, around 1910
Shell cameo after a painting by Gagneraux in gold, around 1910
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The present shell gem shows a rarely depicted motif of mythology: the genius of peace, a naked youth with wings and flowing hair, tames the horses of Mars. He holds the reins of the war god's steeds in his hand and is about to give them their freedom. The armour, the helmet, the shield and the torch of Mars are already left on the ground. Mars himself is not to be seen. But deprived of his warlike chariot, from which he brought so much suffering and disaster upon the world, without his weapons and armor, peace now returns to the world. The gem follows in its representation a painting of the French painter Bénigne Gagneraux (*Dijon 1756, + Florence 1795). The winner of the Rome Prize of the Academy was specialized in history paintings whose heroic themes he brought to canvas in classical perfection of form. His "The Genius of Peace tames the Horses of Mars" from 1794 is kept today in the Museum of the City of Geneva. The large shell gem is set in filigree gold and can be worn as a brooch. Wonderfully preserved, this is an absolutely collectible piece that came to us from London.
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For centuries, the possession of cameos and gems was the claim of almost all great collections of decorative arts and chambers of curiosities, from the Green Vault in Dresden and the treasury of Rudolf II to large private collections such as that of Baron von Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique seal stones and gems, which were able to represent the antique imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety, as they were also an expression of a humanistic education. However, the art of gem-cutting has survived to this day in Italy, especially in the Bay of Naples, where it has been handed down from generation to generation. Today the Scuola dei Cammei in Torre del Greco is the only large-scale training centre for gem-cutters in Italy. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carving north of the Alps have always been travellers to Italy, who brought home impressions and cut stones as well as engraved shells from their educational journeys to enjoy.
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Shell cameo after a painting by Gagneraux in gold, around 1910
Put down your weapons!
€ 1,980.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,980.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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