Purchase, Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ignazio Peluso, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso Gift, 2007
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: Incised on left edge: G + TONNELLIER + 1894
[ A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd , London, until 2007; sold to MMA ]