A ROMAN BERYL RINGSTONE WITH BACCHUS
A ROMAN BERYL RINGSTONE WITH BACCHUS
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. CORINNE BRONFMAN
A ROMAN BERYL RINGSTONE WITH BACCHUS

CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.

Details
A ROMAN BERYL RINGSTONE WITH BACCHUS
CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.
9⁄16 in. (1.2 cm.) long; ring size 7
Provenance
Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel (1586-1646), Arundel House, London; thence by descent to his wife, Aletheia Talbot Howard (1585-1654), Arundel House, London; thence by gift to her son, Henry Frederick Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel (1608-1652), Arundel House, London; thence by descent to his son, Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk (1628-1684), Arundel House, London; thence by descent to his widow, Jane Bickerton Howard (1643-1693), Arundel House, London.
Henry Mordant, 2nd Earl of Peterborough (1621-1697), Drayton House, Northamptonshire, acquired from the above, by 1690; thence by descent to his daughter, Lady Mary Mordant (1659-1705), Drayton House, Northamptonshire; thence by descent to her husband, Sir John Germain (1650-1718), Drayton House, Northamptonshire; thence by descent to his second wife, Lady Elizabeth Germain (1680-1769), Knole House, Kent; thence by descent to her great-niece, Mary Beauclerk (1743-1812), England, given to her on the occasion of her marriage to Charles Spencer (1740-1820), 1762.
George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739-1817), Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, gifted from the above, circa 1765; thence by descent to his son, George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough (1766-1840), Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; thence by descent to his son, George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough (1793–1857), Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; thence by descent to his son, John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough (1822-1883), Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
The Marlborough Gems: Being a Collection of Works in Cameo and Intaglio Formed by George, Third Duke of Marlborough, Christie's, London, 28 June-1 July 1875, lot 183.
David Bromilow (1809-1898), Bitteswell Hall, Leicestershire, acquired from the above; thence by descent to his daughter, Julia Harriet Mary Jary, Bitteswell Hall, Leicestershire.
The Marlborough Gems: A Collection of Works in Cameo and Intaglio Formed by George, Third Duke of Marlborough, Purchased by the Late David Bromilow, Esq., of Bitteswell Hall, Lutterworth, the Property of Mrs. Jary, Christie's, London, 26-29 June 1899, lot 183.
with Francis E. Whelan (1848-1907), London, acquired from the above (according to auctioneer's book).
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), London.
Antique Gems, Greek Coins, and Greek and Roman Antiquities of J. P. Heseltine, Esq., Christie's, London, 19 April 1921, lot 125.
Landsberg, acquired from the above (according to auctioneer's book).
Marjorie Bronfman (1917-2012), Montreal, acquired by 1978; gifted to her daughter, Dr. Corinne Bronfman (1947-2022), Washington, D.C.; thence by descent to the current owner.
Literature
18th century manuscript of the Arundel Collection, no. A 49.
A. Fountaine, The Arundel Cabinet, London, 1731, p. 2, no. 49.
W. Cole, et al., Gemmarum antiquarum delectus ex præstantioribus desumptus, quæ in dactyliothecus ducis Marlburiensis conservantur, Choix de pierres antiques gravées du cabinet du Duc de Marlborough, vol. 1, London, 1780, no. XXXIII.
N. Story-Maskelyne, The Marlborough Gems: Being a Collection of Works in Cameo and Intaglio Formed by George, Third Duke of Marlborough, London, 1870, p. 31, no. 183.
S. Reinach, Pierres gravées des collections Marlborough et d'Orléans, Paris, 1895, pp. 114-115, pl. 110, no. 33.
A. Furtwängler, Die Antiken Gemmen: Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im Klassischen Altertum, Leipzig und Berlin, 1900, vol. 1, pl. LXV, no. 32; vol. 2, p. 301, no. 32.
G. Lippold, ed., Gemmen und Kameen des Altertums und der Neuzeit, Stuttgart, 1922, p. 170, pl. XI, no. 9.
J. Boardman, et al., The Marlborough Gems, Formerly at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, London, 2009, p. 88, no. 143.
J. Boardman, et al., Natter’s Musuem Britannicum: British Gem Collections and Collectors of the Mid-Eighteenth Century, Oxford, 2017, p. 195, no. 461.

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Lot Essay

The youthful god of wine is depicted nude, standing frontally on a short groundline, holding a long thyrsus and a kantharus. The gem is mounted as a ring in an 18th century gold setting; the interior of the hoop incised with the number 125, corresponding to the lot number from the Heseltine sale in 1921.

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