Gemstone cutters of Prague became a
familiar reference during the reign of Emperor Rudolf II.
Emperor Rudolf II was an important figure in
many fields during his time(1583 - 1612).:
King of the Hapsburg Empire
An ardent sponsor of artists and patron
of the arts
Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (Pope)
Rudolf II relocated the Royal Court to Prague
from Vienna in 1583 and set about gathering Europe's most renowned artists,
jewelers, scientists, philosophers, architects, and builders.
seem to have been housed in the massive and sprawling Hradschin Castle. Some
employed their expertise in the redesign and expansion of the castle complex
itself. Others produced paintings, sculptures, art objects, utilitarian objects,
writings, and jewelry.
Among the artists was Ottavio Miseroni, the
Court Jeweler. Miseroni was a member of the very prominent lapidary and jewelry
craftsman family of Milan and Florence.
Miseroni established lapidary and jewelry
workshops within the castle complex, and produced many exquisite pieces wrought
from large pieces of jade, lapis, jasper, quartz, and other gemstone materials.
It is said that faceted gems and cabochon gems were
produced. Experimentation with
the behavior of light interacting with transparent and translucent gem materials
was also practiced in the Miseroni lapidary workshops.
Top - A large, oblong double cup carved
in red-banded green jasper, by Ottavio
Next - Hradschin
Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, overlooking the Vitava River.
- The Antonis Minor tea pot in lapis lazuli, by Dionysio, grandson
of Ottavio Miseroni.
- Stemmed cup in nephrite jade, by Ottavio Miseroni.
- Rare pink diamond with the even more rare grade of Fancy Intense Pink.
workshops of Ottavio Miseroni was active and productive for three generations.
The artisans include Ottavio, his brothers, associates and apprentices, and
eventually his sons, and grandsons.
The gemstone cutters of Prague - and assembly of artists sponsored by
Emperor Rudolf II have contributed much to the world's art treasures.
A Google Images search using keywords such as ottavio miseroni, emperor
rudolf II art, or hapsburg empire art can return some very interesting
information and websites.
Gem Industry News...
'Fancy Intense Pink' Diamond To Be
This magnificent emerald cut diamond weighs 24.78 carats. It goes to auction
at Sotheby's Geneva on November 16, 2010.
The gem is graded "fancy intense pink" and internally flawless. The
diamond was sold by Harry Winston (Jeweler To The Stars) to an anonymous private
party around 1950 It is mounted in a ring setting.
The diamond ring is described in the sale literature as set in a silver band
with shield shaped shoulder diamonds.
Sotheby's estimates the diamond's sale price to approach $38 million USD.
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