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LOT 0284

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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,360 - 4,480
USD ($) 3,680 - 4,900

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£2,700 (EUR 3,025; USD 3,309) (+bp*)

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ENGLISH MEDIEVAL SILVER CHESSMAN TYPE SEAL MATRIX FOR STEPHEN OF ALE LANE
CIRCA 15TH CENTURY A.D.
1 3/8 in. (20.5 grams, 36 mm).

A silver chessman-type seal matrix with pierced trefoil head and knop above; central motif of a leopard statant gardant before a tree, pelletted border and blackletter legend '* sigillum [lozenge] steffani [cinquefoil cinquefoil] ale [cinquefoil lozenge] lane' (for 'seal of Stephen [at?] ale lane').

PROVENANCE:
The Matrix Collection, formed by David Morris since the late 1980s.
Ex Brand Inglis of Motcomb Street, London, UK, in 1988.
Matrix Collection catalogue no.8.
Many of the seals within the collection were published in a book titled 'The Matrix Collection', by David Morris in 2012.

Accompanied by a copy of the illustrated collection notes.
Accompanied by an original invoice from Brand Inglis to David Morris dated 29th November 1988.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.11653-198740.

CONDITION