Cameo with satyr and infant

Italian
Renaissance Period
15th century


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: H: 0.022

Accession Number

99.117

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

White over golden brown sardonyx cameo. Satyr with animal skin over shoulders and left foot raised on a syrinx (panpipes) in three-quarter view to right, balancing on his knee an infant holding a syrinx. Ground line. Cracked at left.

Provenance

By 1646 with Thomas Howard (b.1585–d.1646), 14th Earl of Arundel, West Sussex, England; from Thomas to Mary Beauclerk (b. 1743 - d. 1812) on the occasion of her marriage to Charles Spencer (b. 1740 - d. 1820) in 1762; some time after 1762, 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