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Gold brooch set with a sardonyx cameo portrait of Bacchus with an engraved signature and with a border of thick gold strands held by four engraved gold scrolls.
- Production date
Height: 2.80 centimetres (cameo)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 871:
The three layers of the stone are used to show a wreath of vines in contrast to the pale head. Bothe Giuseppe Girometti and his son Pietro (1811-59) were gem-engravers and both used the form GIROMETTI without identifying initials to sign their works. This signature differs from that used on the 'Athena' and 'Antinous' cameos (909,910). It is the same as that on five other cameos in the British Museum's collection, all identified by Dalton as the work of Giuseppe (Dalton 1915, nos 102,194, 424-6). One further variant of the signature is recorded, the name TIPOMETTOY (rewrite), in Greek characters, on a cameo (destroyed in the Blitz of 1941, which came to the Museum in the Payne Knight collection in 1824 and must therefore have been used by Giuseppe (Dalton 1915, no.500). An account of Giuseppe Girometti's life and work is given by Visconti 1836. (Charlotte Gere)
There are two invoices either of which could be for this brooch which is a cameo of Bacchus. One from Cameo Corner for £450 dated 12.7.1974 is described as 'Agate cameo by Girometti'; the other from Hancocks & Co for £1,500 dated 21.9.1978 is described as 'Brooch: Cameo of Bacchus signed Girometti'.
- On display (G47/dc4)
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- Acquisition notes
- See Curator's comments
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.249 (masterlist number)