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Intaglio; sard; the Continence of Scipio; on right Scipio seated with sceptre in raised right hand commanding release of the wife of Allucius, dragged before him by six Roman soldiers; on left and right in background are two arches; inscribed; in gold pendant mount.
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Length: 1.90 inches
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- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
By Giovanni Bernardi Castelbolognese, for whom see Introduction, p. xxxviii, and cf. nos. 787, 813, 853. This gem should be that described by Montfaucon (L'Antiquité expliqué et représentée en figures, Supplement, vol. iv, pl. xxiv), and stated to belong to Mme. Masson; a contemporary plaquette reproduced it, of which there is an example at Berlin (Kaiser Friedrich-Museum, Die italienischen Bronzen, no. 1230); a second plaquette at Berlin (no. 1231 of the catalogue, as above) shows a different arrangement. The gem was also reproduced by Tassie (Raspe, no. 10608). The subject was popular with engravers, and different versions of it exist on various gems. An intaglio with a similar composition is at Vienna (J. Arneth, Die Cinque-Cento Cameen, pl. ii, no. 4). Two examples, differing from the present in treatment, are in the Cabinet des Médailles, one, of the sixteenth century (Mariette, Traité des pierres gravées, Paris 1750, ii, pl. ci; Chabouillet, Catalogue général et raisonné des camées et pierres gravées de la Bibliotèque Impériale, Paris 1858, no. 2402); the other of later date, and forming part of the Legs Séguin. In the Hermitage at St. Petersburg there are two eighteenth century examples. Another was sold in the Herz Collection (Catalogue, 1859, no. 2041).
Text from Raspe 1791, no.10608:
'Lord Carlisle. (Natter. pl. 37). The continence of Scipio. A modern composition, consisting of a number of figures. CASTI. CONT. SCIPI.'
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