Reference numberMOB/060
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 9 wax impression of the seals in circular wooden cases (some cases damaged or incomplete)
Extent5 seals
MaterialsGold, crystal
Dimensions25.4 mm each
Access statusOpen
ProvenancePreviously belonged to Prince Stanislaw Poniatowski. Prince 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). Tags on the gems refer to their lot number in their auction at Christie's in 1839.
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7983Hooker; Sir; Joseph Dalton (1817 - 1911); botanist1817 - 1911
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