- Museum number
Jasper-agate cameo of double portrait profile heads of Henri IV and Marie de Medici set in an enamelled gold setting and with a warranty mark. Openwork.
- Production date
1870-1881 (circa setting)
1870-1880 (circa cameo)
Height: 2.50 centimetres (cameo)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 927:
This cameo is a copy of the double portrait cameo executed in 1607, now in the Cabinet des Médailles in Paris (Babelon 1897, no.789). It probably formed part of the series of 112 gems, many copied from originals in the Cabinet des Médailles, exhibited by Georges Bissinger at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878. The setting is close in style to the work of Emile Froment Meurice. This cameo relates to a group of cameos signed by Bissinger, both from the point of view of style and workmanship. See Gere et al 1984 (pp.121-2) and Somers Cocks 1980, no.H.9, for an onyx cameo in a Giuliano setting, in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The second signed example of Bissinger's work in the Victoria and Albert Museum is a cornelian cameo of a baccante, mounted as a brooch-pendant in gold set with diamonds (Bury 1982, p.124; Case 20, Board F, no.12). See also Fine Jewels (sale catalogue, Sotheby, Park Bernet, Geneva, 11-13 November 1981, lot 933), for a signed cameo of Queen Elizabeth I.
Apart from the 1878 Paris Exhibition (see Babelon 1902, pp.235-6), Bissinger had exhibited previously at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris (see Art Journal 1868, p.38) and at the Weltausstellung in Vienna in 1873 (see l'Esposizione Universale di Vienna Illustrata, Milan, 1873, p.586, with illustrations of seven cameo subjects by Bissinger). (Charlotte Gere)
See 'Jewellery 1789-1910' by Shirley Bury 1991, vol.I, p.229, n.59.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 323 p.361. Caption: ‘Enamelled gold brooch with double portrait cameo, the setting perhaps by Duron or Emile Froment-Meurice (1837–1913). Paris, about 1870–80.’
Text: ‘At the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867, Duron won a gold medal for his hardstone vessels imitating those in the Louvre. Duron’s cups and ewers bear witness to his astounding ability to recreate the seventeenth-century champlevé and ronde bosse enamelling on the Louvre vessels. Documented jewellery by Duron has not yet come to light. Vever illustrates one piece only, a small brooch with an intaglio in an enamelled foliate setting (Vever, 1906-8, vol. II, p. 278). From Vever’s illustration is it clear that the enamel is layered; it resembles closely the setting for a double portrait cameo attributed to Georges Bissinger of Henri IV and Marie de Medici in the British Museum.’ (Charlotte Gere)
- On display (G47/dc10)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.250 (masterlist number)