9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 4,375
Estimate USD 2,500 - USD 3,500
A ROMAN NICOLO RINGSTONE
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The bevelled oval stone engraved with Mercury, the god depicted nude, holding his money bag and caduceus, with a chlamys draped over one arm, on a short groundline; mounted as a ring in modern gold setting
9/16 in. (1.4 cm.) long; ring size 8
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European Private Collection, 1954 (inscribed on the interior: "Noël 1954").
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN SCHOLAR
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