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Bust of a woman

Maker:
Georges Tonnellier (French, 1858–1937)
Date:
1894
Culture:
French
Medium:
Sardonyx
Dimensions:
Diameter (confirmed): 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm); 47.3 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
Purchase, Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ignazio Peluso, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso Gift, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.367.1
Not on view
These twin cameos are said to be of Georges Tonnellier and his wife, but her endearingly homely profile and unmanageable hair do not match the image in a more glamorously sedate cameo inscribed as representing Mme Blanche Tonnellier (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore). The vaporous colorism, with bluish intonations, characterizes French fin-de-siècle cameos in general and Tonnellier’s in particular.
Signature: signed on left edge: G + TONNELLIER + 1894
[ Baldwin's Auctions , London, until 2007; sold to MMA ]
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