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Drawer of Gem Impressions

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Description Tassie’s series of wax impressions of “the choicest” ancient and modern carved gems were a requisite possession for princely collectors and gentlemen, whether for study or to demonstrate their cultural sophistication. This drawer comes from an oak cabinet (Walters 42.1449) containing hundreds of Tassie’s impressions; the cabinet might have been part of Tassie’s shop furniture. Impressions in wax or other materials help to show more clearly the image carved into a gem—an unusual instance where the copy is “better” than the original.
  • Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2016.
Provenance Purchased by Mrs. Thomas R. Boggs, probably from Good's Cameo Corner, London, 1933 (?); given to Walters Art Museum, 1942.
Credit Gift of Mrs.Thomas R. Boggs, 1942

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2nd half 18th century
wood (oak), wax, brass, and paper
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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Drawer H: 13/16 × W: 8 7/8 × D: 12 in. (2 × 22.5 × 30.5 cm)


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