Cameo with bust of Caracalla

Austrian or Italian
Modern Period
mid 18th–late 18th century


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.02 H.

Accession Number

99.115

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

Creamy white over variegated brown sardonyx cameo. Frontal bust of Caracalla in military garb and head in three-quarter view. Signed in Greek letters ΠΙΧΛΕΡ ΕΠΟΙΕΙ, “Pichler made [me],” on the underside of the bust.

Inscription

Signed in Greek letters ΠΙΧΛΕΡ ΕΠΟΙΕΙ, “Pichler made [me],” on the underside of the bust.

Signed

Antonio Pichler (1697-1779) or Giovanni Pichler (1734-1791) (See Notes for further information)

Provenance

By 1817, George Spencer (b. 1789 – d. 1817), 4th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace; by descent to John Winston Spencer-Churchill (b. 1822 – d. 1883), 7th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace; June 28-July 1, 1875, Marlborough Gems sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 719, collection sold en bloc to David Bromilow (d. 1898), Bitteswell Hall, Lutterworth; 1898, by descent to his daughter, Julia Harriet Mary Jary; June 26, 1899, sold by Mrs. Jary, The Marlborough Gems sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 209, to Mr. Ready (?) for Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 –d. 1928), London; 1899, sold by Edward Perry Warren to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1899)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund