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LOT 0099

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GBP (£) 30,000 - 40,000
EUR (€) 35,050 - 46,740
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HELLENISTIC GOLD RING WITH GALLEY GEMSTONE
1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
1 in. (7.51 grams, 24 56 mm overall, 18.18 mm internal diameter (approximate size British P 1/2, USA 7 3/4, Europe 16.86, Japan 16)).

With D-section hollow-formed hoop and flared ellipsoid bezel, set with a Roman intaglio depicting a war galley under sail.

PROVENANCE:
Old private collection, 1970-1980.
Private collection of Mr S.A., Switzerland, 1990s, thence by descent.

Accompanied by an academic report by Dr Raffaele D'Amato.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.12122-211870.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, item 134, 143, 161, for type; see also images of similar ships in D'Amato, R., Imperial Roman Warships 193-265 AD, Oxford, 2017, pp.13, 14, 23.

CONDITION