Bracelet (Italy), 1867
The ancient Greek technique of cameo portraiture found new popularity during the Neoclassical movement in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Carved by Filippo Tignani, this bracelet prominently features a pietra dura – or “hard stone” – portrait of its donor’s father, Frederick Augustus Chauncey. The portrait, carved atop a highly polished black stone surface, is stylish in its versatility, as the framed cameo detaches to become a brooch or pendant.
This object was donated by Emily H. Chauncey.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 7.4 x 4.5 x 7.5 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Bracelet (Italy), 1867; Carved by Filippo Tignani ; gold, stone; H x W x D: 7.4 x 4.5 x 7.5 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.); 1959-156-2-a,b