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Green Goddess

Large paste intaglio

Incredibly detailed portrait of a woman in profile, signed Logan

Why we love it

The signature on this is a new one on Emma and caused some initial head scratching at BMHQ.

After some super-sleuthing, we found mention of an Irish seal maker and gem carver, John Logan, in a Dictionary of Irish Artists from 1913. Aha, we thought, we have our man.

Hailing from Waterford in Ireland, Logan was born in 1750. He learned and perfected his art in Dublin, eventually being appointed the ‘King’s seal-cutter’, a position he held for many years.

The detailed imagery in the portrait is testament to Logan’s talent, from the gentle folds of the material around the lady’s neckline to the elaborate rendering of her hair.

According to the listing in the aforementioned dictionary, a cameo portrait of Dr Quin by Logan (in turn taken from another Irish medal maker) was later reproduced by James Tassie. Quin, as it transpires, was a keen patron of the arts and supporter of Tassie in particular.

Mystery solved.


Although the timing and connections with Tassie appear to verify our findings, we have been unable to corroborate it with any other source. Which has further piqued Emma’s curiosity.

As for the woman, her identity remains a mystery, and makes her an excellent talking point. For now, let’s just call her the green goddess. And acknowledge the fact that she’ll look sensational set in one of our ouroboros pendants.

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Additional information

Piece of jewellery

Classic pendant, Compass point pendant, Ouroboros pendant



Seal material


Seal colour


Seal shape

North south oval


25.4 x 28.5 x 5.6mm


Excellent antique condition with minimal surface wear

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