Intaglio with Triton and Nereid

16th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 126 (1920; 2002).


Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



A Nereid, nude and holding a ship’s standard, embraces a Triton, wearing a horned-animal skin. A cupid rides on the back of the Triton’s tail. Clear chalcedony. Oval intaglio with convex front and back.


By date unknown, Thomas Howard, Fourteenth Earl of Arundel (1585-1646) [1]; by descent within the family to Mary Beauclerk, on the occasion of her marriage with Charles Spencer in 1762; by date unknown, George Spencer, Fourth Duke of Marlborough (b. 1739 – d. 1817), Blenheim Palace, UK; by descent within the family to John Winston Spencer-Churchill, Seventh Duke of Marlborough (b. 1822 – d. 1883), Blenheim Palace, UK; June 28, 1875, Marlborough sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, sold en bloc to David Bromilow (b. 1809 – d. 1898) for £35,000; by descent to his daughter, Julia Harriet Mary Jary; June 26, 1899, Marlborough sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 32, to Ready for Arthur Evans (b. 1851 – d. 1941) for £24. By date unknown, Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926, loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 77.26); November 17, 1927, gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

[1] A. Fountaine, The Arundel Cabinet (1731), no. A 32.

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren