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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1910.12.2.1-70
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Collection of Seventy Plaster Casts of Gems in wooden box
Classification
Gems
Work Type
gem
Date
1835
Culture
Italian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wooden box, plaster casts
Dimensions
7.9 x 20.7 x 32.5 cm (3 1/8 x 8 1/8 x 12 13/16 in.)
Provenance
Dr. George E. Ellis, Boston, MA, To the Massachusetts Historical Society. Ellis was the president of the Mass. Historical Society from 1885-1894.
Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, From Dr. George E. Ellis, Gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1910.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Accession Year
1910
Object Number
1910.12.2.1-70
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Wooden box with three trays, containing a set of 70 plaster casts of carved gems. A booklet listing the original work for each cast accompanies the set. The cover is handwritten in black ink: Catalogo; the first page is inscribed: Catalogo di 70 Impronte in Stucco scelte dalla Collezione di Pietro Paoletti contenenti 5000, e piu Soggetti. These casts would all have been made by 1835, the date of the letter accompanying the set; the box was sent from Italy to the United States in that year.
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