Saulini Gentleman's Portrait
  • Material : Cornelian Shell - Pearls - Rubies.
  • Size: 2 6/8" by 2 3/8"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850 Italy, frame could be English, 18 K gold tested. Signed on the right front "Saulini F.".
  • Conditions: Traces of soldering on the pin device, otherwise Mint.
  • Weight: 62.3 grams.
Another more and more and more than Museum Quality cameo signed by Saulini, this one is signed "Saulini F."the "F" stays for Fecit (latin) and means "made" or "by the hand of".  Very large one, depicting a young man, probably English and probably a noble.  Circa 1850, mounted with 18 kt gold tested, weight 62.3 grams, this means that we have an approximate gold weight of approx 53 grams. Cameo has a more than wonderful frame, blue enamel in a shape of two snakes. Rubies and pearls on the snakes' heads. The enamelled frame was added later over the old flat one, trace of soldering on the pin device. Look at the expression of his face, so pensive, he seems alive. The muscles of his face, the ones of his neck, all is perfectly rendered. This is a real artwork,  very detailed cameo, carved by an artist and signed.  Saulini's have made the real History of the cameo's carving art.  Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece.