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Girolamo Odam (1681 - 1741)

Design for an engraved gem in an ornamental setting,  1722

Pen and brown ink and grey wash.  Height x width: 51.7 x 36.9 cm

Inscription/mark: Of Gnaiou (on gem in Greek lettering); Inscription/mark: DIOMEDES / PALLADIO POTITUS. / GNAII / ADMIRABLIE. OPUS / SARDONYCHI. INCISUM / LONDINI. APUD HENRICUM D'AVENANT (on tablet held by winged putto); Inscription/mark: sardo / nychis / magni / tudo (position: on face of the ring, at right); Inscription/mark: Antiqui Anuli mensura (inscriber: artist)

Provenance: G. Norman; Ralph Helland (1917 - 2012); Sotheby's 3 July 2013, lot 346

Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, Russell Fund and private donations in honour of Dr Jon Whiteley, on his retirement as Senior Assistant Keeper, 2014.  WA2014.49