• Vintage and Modern Jewels at S auction at Christies

    Sale 5896

    Vintage and Modern Jewels at South Kensington, Including Fine Hermès Handbags

    19 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 89

    A group of five antique hardstone intaglio and cameo rings

    Price Realised  


    A group of five antique hardstone intaglio and cameo rings
    Comprising: a hardstone cameo carved as the head of a bearded man in profile facing right, probably Roman, in later shaped bezel and ring mount; a three quarter fragment intaglio in low relief depicting the head of Zeus Serapis facing three-quarter left wearing kalathos with 0 in the field, possibly a wreath, Roman 1st. century A.D. in swivel mount with reeded bezel and hoop; an oval onyx intaglio of a wolf walking right on ground line with head lowered, Roman 1st/3rd century A.D. in later ring mount; an oval cornelian intaglio depicting a deer lying at the foot of a tree, Roman, 1st./2nd century A.D., in later ring mount; and an oval agate cameo carved as the head and torso of St. Peter, three quarter facing, holding the keys of Paradise, probably 16th century, backed by a later hardstone or paste, in later ring mount with bifurcated shoulders (5)

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    Please note that the items in this lot were acquired before 2000

    Post Lot Text

    For the intaglio of Serapis C.f. J. Spear, Ancient Gems and Finger rings, Catalogue of the Collections, The John Paul Getty Museum, California, 1992, p.127, no. 337 for an intaglio in red jasper dating from the 2nd century showing similar stylistic details