Georgian Amethyst Glass Intaglio Roman Gods Vulcan Wings of Eros

Georgian Amethyst Glass Intaglio Roman Gods Vulcan Wings of Eros

Code: 10691

£350.00
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This is a wonderful Georgian classical intaglio, dating to the 18th or early 19th century. It is molded from a deep purple amethyst glass, with a lively scene of the Gods. In this scene we can see Vulcan at his forge, forming a pair of wings for Eros (Cupid) lead by his mother Aphrodite (Venus), behind her stands Aries (Mars) and Hermes (Mercury). Such an intaglio would have once been set into a pendant, the original intention to be gifted as an amorous token. The act of Vulcan forming the wings of Eros was purely a Renaissance artistic invention,  another image representing "amor vincit omnia". Thus the original inspiration would have been from an engraving or plaque of 16th - 17th-century date, rather than an ancient Roman or Greek original. This object is in excellent antique condition.

OBJECT: Intaglio

CULTURE: Georgian

DATE: c. 18th - 19th century

MATERIAL:  Amethyst Glass

SIZE:  34mm x 28mm x 5mm 

WEIGHT:  9.9 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. European Collection, France.