Rare Spornberg Etruscan Silhouette

Signed and dated 1793


An Etruscan-style red silhouette of a gentleman signed ‘Mr SPORNBERG invenit Bath 1793’.

Finnish by birth, Jacob Spornberg (b.1768) settled in Bath where his wife Rebecca ran a millinery shop in Milsom Street. In 1840, following the death of his wife, Spornberg emigrated to the United States to join his son.

Item Ref. 5537

Provenance: Captain Desmond Coke Collection, Sotheby's 1931 ; Sotheby's, New York 1984 ; Private Collection, New York