8 December 2005
A ROMAN GOLD, EMERALD AND PEARL NECKLACE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Composed of lengths of chain with links threaded through emerald beads, some hexagonal, some spherical, a pearl on either side, some emeralds and pearls modern replacements; strung with a modern gold clasp
15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) long
Acquired by the previous owner's grandfather, the late The Rt Hon. Lord Pearce, QC, RBA, FRBS.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 November 2001, lot 254.
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An inscribed label in the accompanying presentation case reading, "Necklace of uncut emerald and pearl found in the Empress Julia's tomb, Pompeii...by H.G. Lady Currie."
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