9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 16,250
Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
A NECKLACE OF TWELVE ROMAN RINGSTONES
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Mounted together in a Victorian gold setting, including, top row, left to right: a carnelian with Neptune holding a trident and a dolphin; a chalcedony with Mercury stepping onto a ship's prow, holding his caduceus; a plasma with Perseus leaning on an altar, holding the decapitated head of Medusa; an amethyst with Dionysus standing below a grape arbor, pouring from an oinochoe, holding his thyrsus, a quadruped beside him; a citrine(?) with the Muse Thalia seated on an altar, holding a pedum and a comic theater mask; a carnelian with Bonus Eventus standing nude, holding two sheafs of wheat and a phiale; and a plasma with Venus standing, nude but for a mantle falling over her shoulders, opening a box raised up in her hands, a vase and a palm branch before her; second row, left to right: a carnelian with a helmeted male head in profile to the left; a carnelian with a portrait head of Socrates in profile to the left; a carnelian with a head of Ceres in profile to the right; and a banded agate with a head of Jupiter in profile to the right; the central pendant a garnet with Hercules kneeling, his club raised, a Cupid on his shoulder
Largest stone: 5/8 in. (1.6 cm.) long;
Necklace: 14 in. (35.6 cm.) long
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Sotheby's, New York, circa 1980.
PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION