Renaissance Heliotrope Intaglio Classical Busts
This is a wonderful Renaissance intaglio, dating to the 16th - 17th century. It is cut on a heliotrope (bloodstone) gem, with three portraits. Possibly representing emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla? It is a very well cut piece, very Roman in style (but I feel it is a later inspired copy). During the 16th - 17th-century pieces such as this were highly sought by European collectors. A nice antique gem, worthy of further research.
DATE: c. 16th - 17th century
SIZE: 35mm x 27mm x 7mm
WEIGHT: 9.4 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Collection, France.