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A LARGE PAIR OF SHELLWORK PICTURES REPRESENTING THE RUINS OF TEMPLES

Italian. Second Quarter of the Nineteenth Century.

Measurements

Height: 32 1/4" (81.9 cm)
Width: 37" (94 cm)
Depth: 1" (2.5 cm).

Research
Two views of ancient ruins, one depicting three temples at Pastaeum (formerly Poseidonia) labeled in shellwork VEDUTA DEL TRE TEMPIO DI PESTO, the other depicting the Temple of Isis, Pompeii, labeled in shellwork VEDUTA DEL TEMPIO D’ISIDE, each comprised of a variety of shells and algae, on a watercolor painted ground. Each within a later giltwood frame.

Marks:
One inscribed on back in pencil:
1814

This extraordinary pair of pictures is executed almost entirely using various small shells and algae to depict ruins of ancient Greek and Roman temples at Paestum and Pompeii, respectively.

Research report available on request. 

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