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Dancing Amorini with Bacchic symbols

Artist:
Giovanni Antonio Santarelli (Italian, Manopello 1758–1826 Florence)
Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
Italian, Florence
Medium:
Onyx and gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 11/16 x 1 1/8in. (1.7 x 2.9cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 17.5 x 26.8 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.3
Not on view
The mild gray ground is a foil for delicate movement and ornament. Giovanni Santarelli’s original wax-on-slate model (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence) is oval. He expanded the compositional field onto a wider hexagon, from the outset sensing its suitability for a ring.
Signature: Incised on face at left: SANTARELLI

Marking: Struck on back: Owl in oval (French import mark for gold, 1893–present)
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)
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