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Paoletti impronte [realia]

Roma S. Paoletti ... di studio in Via della Croce, 86, [circa 1865?]
Physical Description:
202 plaster cameos ; in 8 cases 26 x 16 x 5 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat B 4
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
"Paoletti begs to inform the public that he has arranged a collection of impressions ... of many of the works in sculpture executed by distinguished artists, whose works are described by the Count Hawks le Grice in the above interesting and instructive 'Walks' ; he has also executed impronte taken from the portraits of the author, of Thorwaldsen, Gibson, Wyatt, Wolff etc., all of which have been executed in cameo by Saulini, a distinguished Roman engraver. The impressions are bound up in 3 vol. 4o, and form an appropriate companion to the Count's work ..."--Advertisement on p. 269 (v. 1) of Le Grice's Walks through the Studii of the sculptors at Rome (Rome : C. Puccinelli, 1841).
The address of Paoletti's shop is noted in volumes 1 and 3 of the present set. Paoletti is listed at 86 Via della Croce in at least two contemporary directories: A handbook of Rome and its environs (London : John Murray, 1864); and, Rome seen in a week (Rome : L. Piale, 1865). Paoletti's studio, during the lifetime of Pietro Paoletti (1801-1847), was previously at 49 Piazza di Spagna, Rome.
A similar set of plaster medallions in the Yale library has binder's title: Liberotti impronte.
A set of 202 plaster cameos reproducing works of classical and contemporary sculpture, produced by the firm of Paoletti, at Rome, circa 1865. The cameos are organized and mounted in trays housed within 8 faux book bindings, with a tray of cameos underneath both the front and back cover of each volume. Each cameo is numbered in pen and ink, and in turn identified in manuscript on the inside covers of each volume. All volumes (except v. 4) are bound in quarter vellum, with green boards. The title "Paoletti impronte" is gilt-stamped on a red morocco title label at the head of the spine. On a similar label at the foot of each spine, a title for the contents of the volume is stamped in gilt; the contents are as follows: v. 1, Opere di Canova; v. 2-4, Opere di Thorwaldsen; v. 5-8, Uomini illustri.
Plaster cameos such as these were popular souvenirs for British travelers on the Grand Tour of the continent. As in the present set, they were frequently mounted in faux book bindings.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- Pictorial works.
Art, Greek -- Models.
Art, Roman -- Models.
Grand tours (Education)
Le Grice, Count Hawks. Walks through the Studii of the sculptors at Rome
Medallions (Decorative arts)
Portrait medallions.
Sculpture -- Italy -- Rome.
Sculpture, European -- 19th century.
Paoletti, Pietro, 1801-1847.
Saulini, Luigi, 1819-1883, artist.
Canova, Antonio, 1757-1822.
Thorvaldsen, Bertel, 1770-1844.
Paoletti, Pietro, 1801-1847.
Gibson, John, 1790-1866.
Wolff, Emil, 1802-1879.
Wyatt, Richard James, 1795-1850.
IIIF Manifest:

  • v. 1. Opere di Canova
  • v. 2-4. Opere di Thorwaldsen
  • v. 5-8. Uomini illustri.

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