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The Wrestlers
Serpentine. XVIII century
Anonymous
The Wrestlers
Serpentine. XVIII century
Anonymous

This is a version of the celebrated Hellenistic group which depicts two athletes engaging in a form of wrestling considered an Olympic sport in ancient Greece. Serpentine, known in the past as “green from Prato”, was used for ornamental pieces. Requiring tremendous technical skill to carve, it was not used by sculptors in Italy until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Boat-shaped jasper tazza
Gold, Jasper agatatized. 1600 - 1630
Anonymous
Boat-shaped jasper tazza
Gold, Jasper agatatized. 1600 - 1630
Anonymous

The vessel, carved in a single piece, consists of a jasper tazza with an oval mouth and boat-shaped profile. Until 1918 it had a simple mount of handles in the form of dolphins joined by openwork half moons. All that remains of it is a ring on the base, which cannot be seen when the tazza is in its normal position. This missing mount, whose appearance and volumes are known to us only through histo

Cup in the form of a kneading trough
Gold, Serpentine, Bloodstone, Enamel. I a.C. century
Anonymous; Roman Sculptor
Cup in the form of a kneading trough
Gold, Serpentine, Bloodstone, Enamel. I a.C. century
Anonymous; Roman Sculptor

A high cup formed by an ancient fragment of serpentine and a foot and stem of heliotrope. The bowl, with a rectangular mouth, is joined by a ring mount and enamelled leaves to the balustroid stem, with a low knop between round brackets of enamelled gold. Oval in shape, it has a rounded profile and a rich openwork cluster of enamelled gold leaves. The enamels are opaque and consist of light touches

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