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Intaglio with Bust of Demosthenes

Object Details

Title:

Intaglio with Bust of Demosthenes

Artist/Maker:

Dioskourides (Greek, active late 1st century B.C.)

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Rome, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 25 B.C.

Medium:

Intaglio: amethyst; antique mount: gilt silver

Object Number:

2019.13.15

Dimensions:

2 × 1.4 × 5 cm (13/16 × 9/16 × 1 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

The intaglio is deeply engraved with a portrait bust of the Greek orator Demosthenes, who wears a mantle over his right shoulder; he faces towards his left with furrowed brows. Demosthenes is shown with a full beard and mustache. On the right of the gem is an inscription with the artist Dioskourides's signature in Greek.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1602 - 1624

Lelio Pasqualini, 1549 - 1611, by inheritance to his nephew, Pompeo Pasqualini, 1624.

1611 - before 1624

Pompeo Pasqualini, died 1624, sold to Francesco Boncompagni, before 1624.

before 1624 - 1641

Francesco Boncompagni, 1596 - 1641, by inheritance to his nephew, Girolamo Boncompagni, 1641.

1641 - 1684

Girolamo Boncompagni, 1622 - 1684, by inheritance to Antonio Boncompagni-Ludovisi.

- 1721

Antonio Boncompagni-Ludovisi, Prince of Piombino, 1658 - 1721, by inheritance to his son, Gaetano Boncompagni-Ludovisi, 1721.

1721 - 1777

Gaetano Boncompagni-Ludovisi, Prince of Piombino, 1706 - 1777, by inheritance to his son, Antonio II Boncompagni-Ludovisi, 1777.

1777 - 1805

Antonio II Boncompagni-Ludovisi, Prince of Piombino, 1735 - 1805, by inheritance to his son, Luigi Maria Boncompagni-Ludovisi, 1841.

1805 - 1841

Luigi Maria Boncompagni-Ludovisi, 1767 - 1841, by inheritance to his son, Antonio III Boncompagni-Ludovisi, 1841.

1841 -

Antonio III Boncompagni-Ludovisi, Prince of Piombino, 1808 - 1883, sold to either Francesco Martinetti or Count Michel Tyszkiewicz, before 1883.

-

Count Michel Tyszkiewicz, Polish, 1828 - 1897

-

or Francesco Martinetti, 1833 - 1895, sold to Arthur Evans, late 19th century.

late 19th century - before 1941

Sir Arthur Evans, English, 1851 - 1941, sold to Giorgio Sangiorgi.

before 1941- 1965

Giorgio Sangiorgi, Italian, 1886 - 1965 (Rome, Italy; Monaco), by inheritance to his son, Sergio Sangiorgi, 1965.

1965 - 2015

Sergio Sangiorgi, by inheritance to his heirs, 2015.

2015 - 2019

Heirs of Sergio Sangiorgi [sold, Christie's, New York, Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection, April 29, 2019, lot 32, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

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