Adrien Jean Maximilien Vachette (French, Cauffry 1753–1839 Paris) [Gold Frame]
ca. 1050–1100 (cameo); ca. 1800 (frame)
Made in probably Constantinople
Agate cameo, gold frame
Overall: 3 1/16 x 2 1/8 x 1/4 in. (7.7 x 5.4 x 0.7 cm)
w/out frame: 2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in. (6 x 4 cm)
Gift of John C. Weber, in honor of Mary and Michael Jaharis, 2007
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
This delicately carved cameo shows the Virgin in an orant pose, with her arms upraised, and a medallion of the Christ Child over her chest. This icon type is often called the Blachernitissa after a famous icon at the Blachernai Monastery in Constantinople.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: [initials for] Mother of God
J-J Régis Cambacérès, Second Consul under Napoleon (b.1753-d.1824) ; his descendants, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 24-25, 1985, lot 52; Thomas Heneage(1985-1998); [ Sam Fogg Ltd., London (1998)]; John C. Weber, New York (1998-2007)
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