A Roman agate cameo of a dog
Lot 323
A Roman agate cameo of a dog
Sold for £31,200 (US$ 50,369) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Roman agate cameo of a dog
Circa 1st Century B.C./A.D.
The oval stone carved from layered agate, with two distinctive layers of cream above translucent brown, depicting a couchant dog, his head resting between his paws, the furry tail curling around his left hindleg, mounted in a modern gold brooch, 18mm wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex Marlborough Collection (1739-1817), Blenheim Palace. The Marlborough Collection was dispersed at auction in London in 1899 and this piece was given to the vendor's great-grandmother, Jane Davies (1877-1972) shortly after. It passed thence by descent to the current owner. The lot is accompanied by an old photograph of Jane Davies.

    Published:
    J. Boardman, et al, The Marlborough Gems. Formerly at Blenheim Palace, (2009), no. 528; and Story-Maskelyne, M.H., The Marlborough Gems, (1870), no.710.

    Literature:
    For a similar agate cameo of a dog, cf. H.B. Walters, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Cameos, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman in the British Museum, (London 1926), no. 3676.
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