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Classical Revival Intaglio of a Musical Scene - FJ.6556
Origin: Europe
Circa: 18 th Century AD
Dimensions: 1.25" (3.2cm) high
Collection: Intaglio
Medium: Carnelian

$5,600.00
Location: United States
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Description
The art of glyptics, or carving on colored precious stones, is probably one of the oldest known to humanity. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. in Mesopotamia and the Aegean Islands. They exhibit a virtuosity of execution that suggests an old and stable tradition rooted in the earliest centuries. The tools required for carving gems were simple: a wheel with a belt-drive and a set of drills. A special difficulty of engraving intaglios, aside from their miniature size, was that the master had to work with a mirror-image in mind.

The Classical Revival was a phenomenon that swept through Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries. A new appreciation for antiquity and ancient art forms was fostered by discoveries in the nascent scientific field of archaeology. Perhaps the Classical Revival also reveals a latent longing towards the Arcadian lifestyles of yesterday abandoned as Europe became rapidly industrialized and increasingly urbanized. Engraved upon the polished surface of this precious gemstone is a depiction of a musical scene. We can almost hear the melodic notes resonate from within this intaglio. A musician seated towards the left plucks the strings of a harp as another dances and plays the lyre. In between, two young boys revel in the symphony, one attempting to assist the harpist. This stunning intaglio invokes another era far removed from the bustle of 18th century Europe. Gazing upon the engraved image, we are carried away by the soothing songs of this pastoral concert.
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