• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 136

    A CONTINENTAL GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE HAND-SEAL

    MID-19TH CENTURY

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    A CONTINENTAL GOLD-MOUNTED HARDSTONE HAND-SEAL
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    Tapering cylindrical opalescent agate seal with faceted sides, the gold mount chased with palmettes interspersed with acanthus, the spreading sablé gold base gadrooned and chased with scrolling foliage, the agate matrix engraved with two coats-of-arms accolé
    3 3/8 in. (86 mm.) high
    The arms are those of Mercy-Argenteau, for Charles Henri François Marie, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau (1840-1892), with those of Choiseul-Praslin in pretense, for Alix Eugénie Davida Laure Choiseul-Praslin (1843-1878), accolé with another.


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