Posted 2 years ago
I love this cameo. It is very beautifully carved. There is a play of light and shadow in the facial features despite the relatively shallow carving. It looks like a Saulini but it is not. There is a siganture on the back. It is difficult to read but I believe I can make out 'eri'. I am thinking it may be by the Neri brothers Paolo or Luigi. The date would be correct. How wonderful that there is a hand-written note by the sitter's great nephew. The note says ‘Cameo of my great uncle Ellis Cauliffe Esq 1850’. The box is original to the cameo. A rare find.