2017

On 09 June 2017 at 14:40

Intaglios and cameos. The history and the collecting of engraved gems

Hadrien J. Rambach

 

Intaglios and cameos. The history and the collecting of engraved gems

 

Under the name of “engraved gems” are grouped two types: intaglios and cameos. Intaglios are engraved into, allowing its owner to use it as a seal. Cameos instead are carved in relief, and are decorative jewels. Both have been carved for thousands of years, and past collectors have included Julius Caesar and the Hohenstaufen emperors. Many ancient carved gems were reused in religious works by goldsmiths of the Middle Ages, for example in the celebrated reliquary of the Three Kings (Cologne cathedral). The most famous collectors of the Renaissance were both Italians: Pope Paul II and Lorenzo de’Medici. But the collectors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such as Pierre Crozat or the Duke of Marlborough, eclipsed them by far in the extent of their collections. Hadrien Rambach will also discuss the studies by Winckelmann, famous thanks to his catalogue of intaglios, and the incredible collection of forgeries of Prince Poniatowski. The more recent era includes, the jewelers Castellani and Bulgari, who have distinguished themselves with their interest in engraved gems – both ancient and modern.

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On 09 June 2017 at 14:40

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Hadrien J. Rambach

Hadrien J. Rambach is a Parisian art-specialist who worked in London 2003-2015, before settling in Brussels. His primary specialty is numismatics: since founding his own company in 2006, he has been advising major collectors in their acquisitions of Roman gold coins – notably George La Borde..

He has published numerous articles in various scholarly publications devoted to numismatics and to the history of collecting, with a special emphasis on engraved gems. Glyptics - cameos and intaglios- have been his passion for the past ten years throughout Hellenistic and Roman, Renaissance, and the Neo-Classic periods.

Chambre belge des Experts en Oeuvres d’art. International Association of Art Critics. Member of the British and American societies of Jewellery Historians. Life-Fellow of the American Numismatic Society. Member of the Bavarian, Belgian, British, French, Italian and Swiss numismatic societies.