three graces intaglio brooch
A silver brooch set with an exceptional three dimensional intaglio representing the three graces surrounded by circa one carat of cushion cut diamonds, signed: Pichler in Greek, for Giovanni or Luigi Pichler (1773-1854), who were gem carvers just as their father Antonio Pichler copying ancient gems.
Luigi was the most renowned: he received commissions from the Vatican and the French and Austrian courts to carve both classical and contemporary subjects.
The Charites, also commonly known as the three Graces were daughters of Zeus; Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (joy) and Thalia (festivity). They personified grace, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song.
Literature: Dr Hermann Rollett, “Die drei Meister der Gemmoglyptik. Antonio, Giovanni und Luigi Pichler”, Vienna 1874 pages: 32 or 63-64.
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