Asher Brown Durand, 1796-1886
Overall: 2 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. (5.1 x 4.4 x 1.3 cm)
Cameo brooch in gold bezel, hinge pin and hook attachments on back (pin missing); bust in profile, rinceau design around bezel and frame.
This cameo was cut by T. Saulini in 1840 when Asher B. Durand was in Europe with his friends Casilear, Kensett and Rossiter, passing the winter in Rome. James Draper, Kravis Curator of European Decorative Arts, said this cameo is by Tommaso Saulini, father of L. Saulini. Works by Tommaso are much rarer. The signature had been previously misread. The Saulinis were the leading cameo carvers for upper-class tourists in Rome and were associated with the Thorwaldsen studio [ this information should be further reconfirmed with James Draper, we expect him to follow up on this.]
Gift of Miss Nora Durand Woodman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.