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Neoclassical Gold Ring w/ Glass Intaglio of Grotesque
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Europe, Neoclassical / Victorian, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. A gorgeous 17 karat gold ring with a thick circular band and an ovoid bezel. Within the bezel is a colorless glass intaglio with carefully-carved details depicting the bust of a grotesque, a popular subject in Hellenistic and Alexandrian times and on into the Roman period. The Neoclassical period saw immense northern European interest in the Classical world, in part inspired by the budding science of archaeology. Artists looked to the deep past for inspiration, yet brought an imaginative sensibility to their depictions of ancient iconography. A beautiful and wearable ring! Size: 0.875" W x 0.875" H (2.2 cm x 2.2 cm); quality of gold: 17K; total weight: 4.7 grams; US ring size 5.

The designation of a figure as a "grotesque" does not denote a revolting or otherwise off-putting presentation but rather one of life-like accuracy. An artist would create grotesque figures to display a heightened sense of realism, sculpting and illustrating features in a lucid manner rather than stylizing the features to make them appear pleasing to the eye. Though some artists used the maladies and deformations of others to create exaggerated caricatures, others used such negatively-perceived aspects of certain individuals as a means of expressing them in a true-to-life approach.

This piece has been has been tested for the presence or absence of particular elements via XRF elemental analysis. A basic 1-page summary of the XRF screening will accompany purchase, identifying each element present in the sample, as well as the quantity of elements present. A more complete analysis detailing historical data / comparisons is available for additional charge – please contact us.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Frances Artuner collection, Brussels, Belgium, acquired in the 1960s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

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#138941
Condition
Wearable as shown. Very minor fading to intaglio details and minor abrasions across most surfaces, otherwise intact and excellent.
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Neoclassical Gold Ring w/ Glass Intaglio of Grotesque

Estimate $1,800 - $2,500
Nov 29, 2018
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Starting Price $1,000
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0224B: Neoclassical Gold Ring w/ Glass Intaglio of Grotesque

Sold for $1,000
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Est. $1,800 - $2,500Starting Price $1,000
Nov 29, 2018 10:00 AM EST
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Lot 0224B Details

Description
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Europe, Neoclassical / Victorian, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. A gorgeous 17 karat gold ring with a thick circular band and an ovoid bezel. Within the bezel is a colorless glass intaglio with carefully-carved details depicting the bust of a grotesque, a popular subject in Hellenistic and Alexandrian times and on into the Roman period. The Neoclassical period saw immense northern European interest in the Classical world, in part inspired by the budding science of archaeology. Artists looked to the deep past for inspiration, yet brought an imaginative sensibility to their depictions of ancient iconography. A beautiful and wearable ring! Size: 0.875" W x 0.875" H (2.2 cm x 2.2 cm); quality of gold: 17K; total weight: 4.7 grams; US ring size 5.

The designation of a figure as a "grotesque" does not denote a revolting or otherwise off-putting presentation but rather one of life-like accuracy. An artist would create grotesque figures to display a heightened sense of realism, sculpting and illustrating features in a lucid manner rather than stylizing the features to make them appear pleasing to the eye. Though some artists used the maladies and deformations of others to create exaggerated caricatures, others used such negatively-perceived aspects of certain individuals as a means of expressing them in a true-to-life approach.

This piece has been has been tested for the presence or absence of particular elements via XRF elemental analysis. A basic 1-page summary of the XRF screening will accompany purchase, identifying each element present in the sample, as well as the quantity of elements present. A more complete analysis detailing historical data / comparisons is available for additional charge – please contact us.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Frances Artuner collection, Brussels, Belgium, acquired in the 1960s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#138941
Condition
...
Wearable as shown. Very minor fading to intaglio details and minor abrasions across most surfaces, otherwise intact and excellent.

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