Record

Reference numberMOB/060
LevelItem
TitleIntaglio seals
Date19th century
DescriptionFive gold mounted oval cornelian and chalcedony intaglios carved with antique profiles, inscribed in Greek. They represent Euclid, Thales, Archimedes, Aristides and Priam. Together with a blue velvet lined box, and a box of the impressions. Previously belonged to Prince Stanislaw Poniatowski, tags on the gems refer to their lot number in their auction at Christie's in 1839.
Extent5 seals
FormatArtefact
MaterialsGold, crystal
Dimensions25.4 mm each
Access statusOpen
ProvenancePrince Stanislaw Poniatowski (1754 – 1833) commissioned 2,500 gems to be made by Luigi Pichler and Nicolo Cerbara, and encouraged ‘the belief that they were, in fact, ancient’; this collection was sold after his death at a Christie’s auction in 1839 (April 29–May 21) and purchased by the Royal Society ('Object biographies and interdisciplinarity' AM Roos, Notes & Records, vol 73, no 3)
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
URLhttps://pictures.royalsociety.org/image-rs-18206
https://pictures.royalsociety.org/image-rs-18207
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA7983Hooker; Sir; Joseph Dalton (1817 - 1911); botanist1817 - 1911
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