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Bust

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bloodstone, carnelian, lapis-lazuli, ormolu

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    873-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The bust was in the collection of John Jones, who bequeathed it to the Museum on his death. Inconsistencies in the design of the piece suggest it was probably made in the nineteenth century. The bust of the emperor is generic rather than of a specific ruler, and the carnelian plinth with a lapis plinth is ill-proportioned and illogical in the context of the sculpture.

Physical description

Bust. A male head crowned with laurels, carved in bloodstone (heliotrope) on a carnelian pedestal and lapis-lazuli base, mounted in ormolu.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bloodstone, carnelian, lapis-lazuli, ormolu

Dimensions

Height: 6 in, Width: 1.75 in

Object history note

The bust was in the collection of John Jones, who bequeathed it to the Museum on his death. Inconsistencies in the design of the piece suggest it was probably made in the nineteenth century. The bust of the emperor is generic rather than of a specific ruler, and the carnelian plinth with a lapis plinth is ill-proportioned and illogical in the context of the sculpture.

Descriptive line

Miniature bust of a Roman emperor, blood-stone (heliotrope), carnelian and lapis lazuli, with an ormulu mount, possibly French, 1800-1882

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1883. pp. 79
Mitchell, H. P.. [Catalogue entries]. In: Catalogue of the Jones Collection, Part II: Ceramics, Ormolu, Goldsmiths' Work, Enamels, Sculpture, Tapestry, Books, and Prints. London: The Board of Education, 1924.

Labels and date

A ROMAN EMPEROR
French; late 18th century
Bloodstone
Jones collection
[1993 - 2011]

Materials

Bloodstone; Lapis-lazuli; Ormolu

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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