This is a wonderful 18th-century Neoclassical intaglio of Venus. It is hand-engraved on a carnelian gemstone, with exceptional detail and artistic merit. The scene depicts a naked Venus confiscating an arrow from Cupid, she leans on a shield engraved with the initials of the owner "W.H."
The gem is free of chips and damage and is an exceptional piece in excellent condition.
DATE: 18th century AD
SIZE: 21.98mm x 15.84mm x 6.33mm
WEIGHT: 2.78 grams
PROVENANCE: From a private collection, Paris.
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