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Sixteenth century hard stone intaglio.A rustic festival.Three woman( one raising a dish ) and three men holding up dishes beneath a tree with an awning held by two wingless Erotes. In the foreground three man crouch over a vat. At one side Pan accompanied by a child holding up a dish. Ground line ,beneath which a wingless Eros sits with fishing rod.
A copy of the famous signet said to have belonged to Michelangelo, made by Gio.Maria da Pescia, in the Bibliotheque Imperiale at Paris'(Story-Maskelyne:Reinach, pl.87.47-Mariette, and commentary.)For the originaland several other copies see Lippert i.nos350-5iiiA.nos207,208 Tassie,nos4373-89;Gennaioli 2007, no.575;Glanz no.229;Cambridge no.841;AGpl.67.18 Wurzburg no.880. The Erotes’ awning seems an old motif; see Merz no.84. 16 th century.
From: Kitsten Aschengreen Piacenti & John Boardman, Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of her Majesty The Queen, London 2008 p. 229 no 735
Inspired by the 1522 (latest) “cachet de Michel Ange”, of which Edme Bouchardon drew a version, now in the Louvre (inv. 23849 )
With Thanks to Hadrian Rambach