6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 49,000
Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000
A PAIR OF ROMAN GOLD, PEARL AND GLASS EARRINGS
CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
Each of navicella form, fronted with a bezel-set drop-shaped garnet, with fifteen wires radiating from the back of the bezel, each threaded through a small pearl, supporting a large triangular openwork element bordered with filigree beaded wire, centered by a large cluster of granulation between repoussé fish, a bird to each side embellished with filigree and granulation, the bottom row with drop-shaped cabochon garnets in dog-tooth settings, encircled with beaded wire, on either side of plain wire rosettes set with pearls, centered by a circular green glass cabochon in a dog-tooth setting encircled with beaded wire, the underside with five loops, each topped with a large granule, a small cabochon garnet or green glass in a dog-tooth setting encircled with beaded wire between each loop, five pendants below, four in the form of a biconical amphora, the handles with clusters of granulation in the scrolls, the central pendant with a dog-tooth bezel set with a drop-shaped cabochon garnet, each terminating in a wire threaded through a pearl
Each: 3 in. (7.6 cm.) long (2)
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Yvette Raoux, Paris, 1960s-1980s.
Acquired by the current owner in 1989.