11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTION
A ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING
Circa 3rd-4th Century A.D.
The hoop flat on the interior, convex on the exterior, expanding to heart-shaped shoulders which support foliate prongs joined to a nearly square bezel, now set with an oval emerald cabochon and an oval amethyst cabochon
1 in. (2.5 cm.) high; ring size 6½
Acquired by the current owner's family in the 1980s.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately