in honour of the occasion, the Emperor detected, " by the reflexion in
the stone of a ring " upon his finger, one of their number taking
advantage of the occasion to slip unobserved to the cup, still standing
on the table of the reception-room, and help himself to a handful of
TASSIE'S PASTES, p. 359.
a Scotch sculptor established in London (1770-1790), brought out an
enormous series of pastes and enamels, from gems of all dates and
styles, to the number of 15,000. He commenced with those taken from the
entire collection of Stosch ; and subsequently reproduced every famous
gem then known in all the cabinets of Europe. His pastes, however, are
much inferior in finish and in quality to the Regent's. Tassie employed
Easpe to publish a catalogue raisonne' of the series, illustrated with
etchings, slight, though well drawn, by Allen of Edinburgh : the most
useful book the student of dactyliography can possess.