Famous Cameo Carvers: Tommaso Saulini & Giovanni Noto

I thought it would be fun to write an article touching on very famous cameo carvers! There are many carvers both past and present, however there are two that I especially want to write about because they regularly signed their work and truly were the most famed carvers of their day...and they remain popular today as their works continue to be highly collectible and coveted among collectors.

One is Tommaso Saulini, Italian carver ~ He was born in Italy in the year 1793 and passed in 1864. As many collectors realize, Italy was and remains the Mecca of cameo carvers... generations of artisans have practiced and mastered the craft of cameo carving... Passing this trade along to generations within their families. Saulini is a most coveted artist and many museums and private home collections contain his works. This Roman cameo carver, worked in the mediums of hardstone and shell. He produced cameos for royalty such as Victoria & Albert. Many examples still remain in the UK today at the Victoria and Albert Museum. As mentioned previously, cameo carvers often taught and encouraged their children to practice this craft. Tommaso was no exception, instilling this craft in his son Luigi (1819-1883), who also showed tremendous talent early on in his career. Together this father and son duo exhibited cameos at the Great Exhibitions of London in 1851 and again in the year 1862. Their portrait cameos are particularly coveted.

I've been lucky enough to have two Saulini cameos within my collection. They are prized and sure to increase in value... truly fabulous investments!

Another carver is one of our generation! He is another Italian carver by the name of Giovanni Noto! Born in 1902 he showed early on he was beyond his years in experience! At the age of 17 he won his first engraving competition. Soon after he earned the title of the official Master carver for the Royal Italian house! He was not only tremendously talented and skilled throughout his career with the Royal family, but also held the position of artistic director of his own studio, APA Studios! He worked from 1947 until his death in 1985. Known as "the professor" Noto trained many carvers to take on his style. Carvers graduate with the title of Master carver after their training is complete. The studio still remains active today! Giovanni was called Michelangelo's Chisel for his considerable artistic talent as a master carver.... he truly lead an exciting and accomplished life.

I hope this article was interesting and informative... it was fun to write and share in the lives of two of the most well known carvers of the 19th and 20th century.

Joy Korzenko

Joy's Tiny Treasures

Joy's Tiny Treasures on Ruby Lane is run by Joy Korzenko and re-located from Long Island, New York to Fort Mill, South Carolina last year. Specializing in Antique Cameos & Portrait miniatures I strive to offer Top-Notch customer service and a Fresh selection that is ever changing. I pride myself on keeping inventory that suits all Collector's tastes and budgets too ~ Something for everyone! Layaways are encouraged, so please do come browse. Open 24-7 for your shopping convenience

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