10 June 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A GOLD AND ENAMEL-MOUNTED ROCK-CRYSTAL AMULET
PROBABLY PRAGUE, CIRCA 1600
The faceted rock crystal carved in two halves, with nine internal cells and set within an elaborate polychrome enamel gold frame.
Losses to enamel.
3 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (8.5 x 6.7 cm.)
Sotheby's, New York, European Works of Art from the Private Collection and Gallery of the Blumka Estate, 9-10 January 1996, lot 210.
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Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, The Age of the Marvelous, 1991, no. 40, p. 265.
The cells of amulets such as the present lot were meant to hold crayfish eyes, which were thought to have mystical associations.
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