From the Collection of the Late Mrs T.S. Eliot. A 19TH CENTURY GOLD AND HARDSTONE CAMEO BROOCH, BY CASTELLANI. The early 19th century oval agate panel carved to depict the bust length profile of a lady wearing a diadem and necklace, possibly Empress Marie Louise, second wife of Napoleon I, to an Archaeological Revival frame with corded border and wirework detailing, circa 1870, with maker's mark for Castellani, cameo signed Xaveria.
Ancestor George Denison built this against Indian attacks. In 1631 William DENISON (1571-1654), his wife Margaret Chandler, and three of his sons, Daniel, Edward, and George DENISON, came from Stratford, England to Roxbury, Massachusetts on the ship "Lion". On the long voyage across the Atlantic, William DENISON engaged the Rev. John ELIOT to tutor his youngest boy, George DENISON. By Haynes, Williams, CAPTAIN GEORGE and LADY ANN (1963); THE SECOND BOAT, v.6, pp.7-8.
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Anglo-American Nobel Prize winning poet TS Eliot - has a drink with his second wife Valerie after arriving from Boston to meet press at host John Nef's house, Chicago, Photograph: Myron Davis/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images