Cameo with bust of Caracalla
Austrian or Italian
mid 18th–late 18th century
Legacy dimension: 0.02 H.
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
Signed in Greek letters ΠΙΧΛΕΡ ΕΠΟΙΕΙ, “Pichler made [me],” on the underside of the bust.
Antonio Pichler (1697-1779) or Giovanni Pichler (1734-1791) (See Notes for further information)
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund