Original nineteenth century plaster cameo seals. Two examples.
These ‘Grand Tour’ souvenirs were brought home by wealthy European travellers. Rome was the ultimate destination and a tour of the treasures contained in its many museums complemented a young man’s education. Collecting boxes and faux bindings containing plaster casts of ancient gems was a fashionable pastime and a valuable ‘aide memoir’ of the mythologies, gods and historical events depicted on the delicate cameos.
Presented in hand-gilded shadow box frames, lined with fine hand-made english marbled paper.
Framed size: 263 x 170 mm (10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches)
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