6 December 2007
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NEIL AND SHARON PHILLIPS
A BYZANTINE GOLD FINGER RING
CIRCA 7TH CENTURY A.D.
The openwork hoop composed of a guilloche of plain wire framed by plain and beaded wire, the high bezel a series of drop-shaped petals of beaded wire supporting a guilloche of plain wire with granules dispersed throughout, capped with a sheet hemisphere fringed with beaded wire and granulated triangles, a central granule at the peak with a beaded wire fringe
1½ in. (3.8 cm.) high; ring size 10½
European Private Collection, early 1990s.
with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York.
The Estate of Neil F. Phillips, Esq., Q.C.; Christie's, New York, 18 December 1997, lot 258.
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