Young woman with a torch and vase

Artist: Giovanni Pichler (Italian, Naples 1734–1791 Rome)

Date: ca. 1770–90

Culture: Italian, Rome

Medium: Sardonyx and gold

Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/16 x 5/8 x 7/8 in. (2.7 x 1.6 x 2.2 cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 23.7 x 12.5 mm

Classification: Lapidary Work-Gems

Credit Line: The Milton Weil Collection, 1939

Accession Number: 39.22.42


The vessel, improbably slung by one handle over the top of the maiden's arm, is superbly delineated in the tawny top stratum. This, one of Pichler's choicest assimilations of Hellenistic style, would alone justify the high repute he enjoyed among his contemporaries.