Cameo by George W. Jamison (American, New York 1810–1868 Yonkers, New York)
Metalwork by William Rose (active 1839–50)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Helmet-conch shell, gold, and enamel
2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (6.4 x 5.7 cm)
Purchase, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich Gift, 2000
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
The helmet-conch-shell cameo with a bust of Andrew Jackson, cut in about 1835 by George W. Jamison, is an elegant tribute to the seventh president. Reflecting the "cameo fever" that first swept Europe in the late eighteenth century, it is inscribed with Jackson's oft-quoted slogan, THE UNION / IT MUST AND / SHALL BE / PRESERVED.
Signature: [signed below the cavetto]: GJ (in relief)
Inscription: [enameled border inscribed in gold]: THE UNION / IT MUST AND / SHALL BE / PRESERVED.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1904Medium: Gold, silver, platinum, black opals, boulder opals, demantoid garnets, rubies, enamel.Accession: 2002.620On view in:Gallery 743