20 November 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 688
Estimate GBP 400 - GBP 600
AN ANTIQUE GOLD AND PASTE CAMEO RING
The navette-shaped ring containing a white paste cameo portrait of a member of the British Royal Family, thought to be Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-1751), in profile to the left, long powdered wig, wearing the breast-star and sash of the Order of the Garter, frilled cravat on a pink foiled ground to the glazed cover and gold mount with engraved shoulders, cameo signed Brown on truncation, mount circa 1790
Charles Brown (1749-1795) and his brother William (1748-1825) were English gem-engravers, who worked for Catherine the Great and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Their works were often reproduced in paste
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A profile miniature of the present sitter by Christian Friedrich Zincke (1683/4-1767) is in the Royal Collection, see R. Walker
The Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, illustrated p. 25, no. 45.
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