Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art
09 July 2009 | 2:30 PM BST
English, late 14th/15th century
Estimate: 8,000 — 12,000 GBP
LOT SOLD. 70,850 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
engraved gold, set with a sapphire in hexagonal collet, inscribed: JOYE SANZ FYN (joy without end) on the interior
inside diameter: 1.8cm., 7/8 in.
Found near St. Oswald’s Church, Winwick, Cheshire
‘Ring is Real Treasure’, in The Warrington Guardian, 26 April 2008
Culture: British or French
Medium: Gold, sapphires and garnets
Dimensions: Overall: 15/16 × 3/16 in. (2.4 × 0.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Tobias Meyer and Mark Fletcher, 2013
Found in Ringwood, Hampshire, England (in 1995); Sotheby’s, London(July 6, 2007, lot 3); Tobias Meyer and Mark Fletcher, New York (2007–2013)
Source link, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Late Medieval Sapphire Ring, 14k gold with rubbed over bezel and closed back. Circa 14th-15th century
Egyptian-Revival Jeweled Fan Brooch, Cartier, London, 1923
Composed of an Egyptian glazed steatite plaque of semicircular shape, circa 600 B.C., inscribed with hieroglyphs, the border of papyrus and lotus motifs decorated with pear-shaped cabochon sapphires and square segments of onyx and enamel within a ground of pavé-set old European-cut and single-cut diamonds, the base centering a stylized lotus blossom similarly set with old European-cut, single-cut and rose-cut diamonds and accented with 2 kite-shaped cabochon sapphires and a band of black enamel, mounted in platinum and gold, signed Cartier, Londres, numbered 7300. With original signed case.
An archive photograph of this brooch appears in the exhibition catalogue Cartier: 1900-1939, Judy Rudoe, p. 138, fig. 66. The caption under the photograph states that the inscription relates to Mentuemhat, mayor of Thebes.
The reverse of the faience segment is applied with a gold plaque inscribed with the following: “Overseer of the Priests, Overseer of the Gate of the Foreign Countries, The Priest of Thebes, Mentu-Em-Hat, The Son of the Priest of Amun, The Prince of Thebes, Nesptah The Overseer of the Two Houses of the Soul, Priests of the Tomb of This Priest.”
An important high carat gold medieval ring set with a natural irregular hexagonal cut sapphire, decorated with fine engravings and inscribed on the inside of the shank with the text ‘Loyal Desir’ which means legal or loyal desire which indicates the ring is a love token; for marriage or just a token of affection, early 15th century.
Gold ring, the oval bezel set with a sapphire, with chased foliated shoulders, West Europe, 14th century
The ribbed octagonal hoop terminating in a six-petalled calyx and oval plate containing a sapphire within an irregular setting. Greece, circa 1400
6th–7th century, Byzantine. Gold, sapphire, pearl. These elegant earrings are decorated with pearls, a favorite jewel of the Byzantines. Sapphires, then called hyakinthoi (hyacinths), became popular in Byzantine jewelry in the sixth century.
Ring; Western European, gold set with a cabochon sapphire, circa 1300-1400