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Cast Glass Gem With a Profile of Voltaire


+44 (0)207 7275263

+44 (0)7831 561042


  • £480.00
  • €560 Euro
  • $667 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Cast Glass Gem With a Profile of Voltaire

A cast glass gem with an intaglio portrait of Voltaire, attributable to James and William Tassie.
The Tassies were merchants of impressions of classical gems during the 18th and 19th centuries. They provided sets and selections of impressions in a variety of materials.
Working with Dr. Quin of Dublin, James Tassie developed an opaque glass that could replicate any colour or pattern. Taking his business to London, he employed highly skilled craftsmen to produce replicas or original gems. Only three sets of impressions taken from Tassie's most comprehensive collection of 15,800 items exist; one in Edinburgh, another at the V&A and a third, purchased by Catherine The Great, is in St. Petersburg.
7/8 in x 1 1/16 in


18th Century & Earlier

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111 Portobello Road,
W11 2DY
United Kingdom


Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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