Saulini Gentleman's Portrait
 
 
  • Material : Sardonyx Shell
  • Size: 3" by 2 2/8"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1860 Italy, frame could be English, 18 K gold tested. Signed on the left front "Saulini F.".
  • Conditions: Mint.
  • Weight: 35.4 grams.
Another 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 3" by 2 2/8" depicting a young man, probably English and probably a noble or an artist. Circa 1860, mounted with 18 kt gold tested, weight 35.4 grams, this means that we have an approximate gold weight of approx 25 grams. Cameo has a locket on the back, where, surely, there were hair into, I still can see 1 or two hair. Look at the expression of his face, so pensive, he seems alive. The muscles of his face, the ones of his neck, his beard, all is perfectly rendered. This is a real artwork. The frame is wonderful and made of 18 k gold. This is an incredible work of art,  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.