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God Goddess Apollo and Athena Intaglio Impression Casting Sterling Silver Necklace
$1,800.00

This one of a kind necklace features three first generation castings from Mon Coeur's late 18th Century early 19th Century collection of Intaglio Impressions from Polish Prince Stanislaus Poniatowski.    What are the Poniatowski gems?    Prince Poniatowski (1754-1833) was a Polish prince living in Rome, famed for his extensive collection of almost 2,500 engraved gems commissioned from the most talented engravers of his day.    Despite this impressive display, the secretive prince let hardly anyone see these works, so they were known largely by reputation alone.   However, towards the end of his life (in 1830 and 1833),  Poniatowski did publish catalogs of his gems, and after his death, his collection was sold by Christie's of London – who released these unique works into the world for the first time.  

This one of a kind necklace features three first generation castings from Mon Coeur'scollection of Intaglio Impressions from Polish Prince Stanislaus Poniatowski.    The gems and their plaster impressions all have several qualities in common:   they tend to be shaped as large elongated ovals with a strong ground line and usually illustrate mythological scenes that until then were unknown in ancient art (almost all the impressions have Greek signatures), which feature multiple figures with strong diagonals in their composition.   The airier composition of neoclassical gems allow for clearer illustration of the myth.

This necklace was worn in "American Horror Stories:   Coven" by the character Delphine La Laurie, performed by Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates.   It features three framed impressions of intaglios.   Made of sterling silver (925), the impressions depict scenes from Greek mythology, one showing Artemis, the virginal hunter goddess, and Actaeon, who she transforms into a stag after he sees her bathing nude.   Another depicts Apollo in profile with the rays of the sun radiating from his head, and the third has Hestia, goddess of hearth and home, sitting and holding the sacred fire and the palladium, a symbol of protection.



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