Hard to resist these very ancient seals or cameos from the time of Napoleon I, circa 1810, made of biscuit ceramic, according to the "Lost Wax" technique.
They both represent athletes, nude males, in the Greek tradition.
The seals are small and totally exquisite, with the nudes very well defined, making the most charming miniature portraits.
Some gold leaf trim surrounds them, and is still present in one, less in the other. The wax is still visible at the back.
Napoleon himself was totally enamored with cameos, and coming back from his Italian campaign, (where he seems to have plundered a good number of them) opened a school in Paris so French craftsmen could learn to make them.
This pair is definitely contemporary to that era.
A rare pair of antique artifacts to keep very preciously.
CONDITION: In very good condition. Small chip to the edge in one cameo. No cracks.
Measurements: Length: 1 3/16". Width: 7/8".
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Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris including insurance and signature at delivery,
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