6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 29,800
Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000
A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD AND GARNET EARRINGS
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 4TH CENTURY B.C.
Each with a pan-shaped disk, the upturned edge formed of two beaded wires framing plain wire, with ropes and plain wire encircling a filigree rosette centered by a garnet in a dog-tooth setting, each disk with a hooked earwire on the reverse, formed into a loop suspending a pendant with an elaborately-capped garnet, one spherical, one natural, the conical crown surmounted by beading, with beaded wire petals along its length, flanged with a plain disk over beaded wire, surmounted by stacked granules, tongues above the garnet, the lower element with filigree petals and beaded wire, looped to a tiny pendant of granules, the central pendant framed on either side by chains looped to the back of the disk, the inner each with a length of figure-eight loop-in-loop chain threaded through a reel-shaped bead, terminating in a cone of filigree petals, the outer each with a length of double loop-in-loop chain and a length of spiraled wires, linked to a spherical garnet bead capped in filigree petals
Each: 2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) long (2)
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Belgian Private Collection, 1984.