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LOT 0418

GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 940 - 1,170
USD ($) 1,060 - 1,330

Sold for (Inc. bp): £889

Medieval Silver Ring with Spread Eagle

Eastern European, 15th century AD

A substantial silver finger ring with D-section hoop, knop to the underside, lateral disc panels each with a fleur-de-lys motif, intaglio frond to each shoulder, disc bezel with intaglio eagle in flight motif. 44.12 grams, 33.34mm overall, 22.32mm internal diameter (approximate size British U, USA 10, Europe 22.52, Japan 21) (1 1/4"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

From the private collection of a Russian gentleman living in London; acquired from a Chelsea collector in the 2000s; the Chelsea collection having been formed from 1970-1990s.

Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, item 617, for type.

The iconography of the ring is European but the inspiration for the type, with raised knops to the hoop, is probably Islamic - Seljuk or Timurid in origin (Chadour, 1994, items 530, 533, 535).