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LOT 0050

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GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,200 - 3,300
USD ($) 2,590 - 3,890

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,800

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,800

Greek Gold Ring with Rock Crystal Portrait

3rd-1st century BC

A large hollow gold ring with D-section hoop and circular bezel set with an oval-shaped rock crystal stone with incuse female bust facing right, hair dressed in a chignon. 5.72 grams, 27.94mm overall, 23.94x16.90mm internal diameter (approximate size British Q 1/2, USA 8 1/4, Europe 18.12, Japan 17) (1"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

Provenance
From the London art market in the early 2000s; formerly from the collection of an English family, by descent, 1970s; accompanied by an independent specialist report and valuation by graduate gemmologist and jewellery expert Anna Rogers, GIA GG, BA, Gem-A, ref. no.167754/7/10/2020; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10127-167754.
Literature
See Chadour, A.B., Rings: The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Volume I, Leeds, 1994, Greek rings for comparable examples, many of which are Hellenistic.