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18th Century Portrait Medallion Cameo Brooch James Tassie
  • 18th Century Portrait Medallion Cameo Brooch James Tassie
  • 18th Century Portrait Medallion Cameo Brooch James Tassie

18th Century Portrait Medallion Cameo Brooch James Tassie

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£600.00


Product Description

A fine portrait medallion cameo brooch of an unknown gentleman, dating from the 3rd quarter of the 18th century.

Of paste, on a grey background, the medallion depicts a young gentleman in profile, with a powdered wig and rough collar. It is likely the work of James Tassie (1735-1799), a Scottish gem engraver and modeller, who became well known for his small and finely detailed portrait medallions.

Another example by Tassie, bequeathed by Mary Clark Thompson to the Metropolitan Museum of New York in 1923, if of a similar size and uses the same grey background.

The medallion is mounted in 15ct gold. The glass, likely a later addition, has shielded the portrait relief from discolouration and wear.


Size of Brooch: 47 x 31 x 8mm
Size of Medallion: 37 x 31mm
Weight: 16g

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