Original nineteenth century plaster cameo seals edged in folded paper and tipped with gold, as issued by Bartolomeo Paoletti (1757-1834) and his son Pietro Paoletti (1801-1847).
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.
The Paoletti workshop, the most prolific and famous of all, was located in the Piazza di Spagna, Rome. Catherine the Great of Russia and Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, featured amongst the Paoletti’s prestigious clients.
Presented in hand-gilded fames, with folded paper mounts.
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