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LOT 0103

GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 7,060 - 9,410
USD ($) 7,990 - 10,660

£5,400 (EUR 6,351; USD 7,193) (+bp*)

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Late Roman Architectural Gold Ring with Gemstone

4th-6th century AD

A gold ring with rectangular-section hoop, rectangular bezel with openwork sides, u-section at the shorter ends, zigzags to the longer edges with engraved pellet in each and swag between, a bevelled rectangular plate with raised ellipsoidal cell set with a nicolo gemstone. 9.54 grams, 29.44mm overall, 18.40mm internal diameter (approximate size British O, USA 7, Europe 14.98, Japan 14) (1"). Very fine condition.

Property of a London gentleman; acquired on the UK art market in 2012; previously in a 1970s collection; accompanied by a positive scientific statement from Striptwist Limited, a London-based company run by historical precious metal specialist Dr Jack Ogden, reference number 210714; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11011-180889.

Cf. Content, D.J., Ruby, Sapphire & Spinel: An Archaeological, Textual and Cultural Study, Part II, Belgium, 2016, pp.82-85, for a broadly comparable architectural form.