Moss Agate Paste Intaglio Renaissance Courtesan
This is a fun Georgian paste intaglio, dating to the 18th century. It is produced from a doublet, painted on the inside with a floral spray of pigment - to resemble a moss agate gem. The intaglio is designed to imitate Renaissance gems, depicting a muse or courtesan. Such an intaglio would have been hung on a fob seal, the frame is all that sadly remains.
DATE: c. 18th century
SIZE: 22mm x 18mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 3.5 grams
PROVENANCE: Found near Chelmsford, Essex.