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Paoletti impronte.

Roma S. Paoletti ... di studio in Via della Croce, 86, [circa 1865?]
Physical Description:
226 plaster cameos ; in 9 cases 26 x 16 x 5 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat B 4
Yale Center for British Art, Bequest of Henry Walcott Farnam, Yale BA 1874, transfer from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat B 4a
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Volumes 1 and 3 of the present set give Paoletti's address as 86 Via della Croce, where the studio is listed 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). The 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 226 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 eight 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. 5-9, Uomini illustri. Volumes 1-8 are from the collection of Henry Walcott Farnam. The ninth volume (Flat B 4a) was purchased separately.
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.
Farnam, Henry W. (Henry Walcott), 1853-1933 -- Ownership.
Grand tours (Education)
Portrait medallions.
Sculpture -- Italy -- Rome.
Sculpture, European -- 19th century.
Cameos (sculptures)
Casts (sculpture)
Paoletti, Pietro, 1801-1847.
Saulini, Luigi, 1819-1883, artist.
Canova, Antonio, 1757-1822.
Thorvaldsen, Bertel, 1770-1844.
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. 5-9. Uomini illustri.

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