ANTIQUE GRAND TOUR PLASTER CAMEO PORTRAIT GALVANI C1820

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay UK
  • Sold Date: Apr 17, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
POSSIBLY ONE OF MY FINEST DISCOVERIES.A CABINET FULL OF GRAND TOUR PLASTER CASTS, ALMOST CERTAINLY ALL BY THE INCREDIBLE SCOTTISH SCULPTOR JOHN HENNING C1771-1851.AS YOU CAN SEE I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED THE CABINET AS FOUND ,WITH ORIGINAL COB WEBS AND ALOT OF ACCUMILATED DIRT(PHOTOS OF CABINET FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY THE AUCTION IS FOR ONE CAMEO).JOHN HENNING SOLD CABINETS OF HIS GRAND TOUR CAMEOS IN THE EARLY 1800,S AND I BELIEVE THIS COULD BE ONE OF THOSE ORIGINAL CABINETS.THE TRAYS HAVE BEEN LEFT UNTOUCHED FOR MANY MANY YEARS STORED IN A LOFT.SOME CAMEOS ARE BROKEN DUE TO MOVEMENT WHEN THE CASE WAS CARRIED.I WILL ATTEMPT TO LIST EACH CAMEO OVER THE COMING WEEKS, POSSIBLY MONTHS.THIS CABINET HAS A NUMBER OF DRAWERS SOME WITH VERY LARGE PLASTER CAMEOS AFTER RAPHAEL AND OTHERS EXAMPLES FROM THE PARCALIAN FRIEZE AND 100,S OF OVAL CAMEOS .THESE CAMEOS ARE SOLD AS SEEN,I HAVE DUSTED WITH A SOFT BRUSH AND LIGHTLY WIPED,THEY MAY CLEAN UP MORE ,BUT DUE TO THE DELICATE NATURE OF PLASTER I AM LEAVING THEM FOR FEAR OF CAUSING DAMAGE.PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN READ UP ON HENNINGS HISTORY ON THE BRITISH MUSEUM WEB SITE AND EXAMPLES OF HOW MUCH HIS CAMEOS FETCH CAN BE SEEN ON THE CHRISTIES OR BONHAMS WEB SITES, IF YOU RESEARCH PAST LOTS.THIS SALE IS FOR ONE OF THE CIRCULAR SHAPED CAMEO MEDALLIONS DEPICTING SOMEONE CALLED LUDOVICUS GALVANI.IT IS SIGNED , ... read more