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Medieval Massive Gold Iconographic Glove Ring with Saints

Antiquities - Medieval


LOT 0448

Estimate
GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 7,100 - 9,470
USD ($) 7,760 - 10,350

Opening Bid: £3,600 (EUR 4,259; USD 4,658)
MEDIEVAL MASSIVE GOLD ICONOGRAPHIC GLOVE RING WITH SAINTS
Spanish, 16th century AD

A flat-section gold hoop formed as three discoid panels with interstitial square panels and larger bezel; the square panels each with high-relief expanding-arm cross; the discoid panels each with the symbol of an Evangelist, a winged nimbate ox for St. Luke, a winged nimbate man with scroll for St. Matthew, a nimbate eagle for St. John, a winged lion for St. Mark; bezel with pelleted border, reserved image on a hatched field of Corpus Christi with cross and banner above marked 'inri' in blackletter script, two nimbate flanking female figures. 29 grams, 29mm overall, 23.93 x 25.21mm internal diameter (approximate size British Z+5, USA 14 3/4, Europe 35.08, Japan 33) (1 1/4"). Very fine condition, shoulders cracked. A very large wearable size.

Provenance
From an important jewellery collection; by descent through the Smigielski family; formerly with the current owner's grandfather Franz Retyk; acquired in Europe by her father or his brother in Belgium during the 1920s.

Published
Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate.

Literature
Cf. Hindman, S. et al. Toward an Art History of Medieval Rings: A Private Collection, London, 2007, item 27.

Footnotes
Devotional iconographic finger rings were a popular class of personal jewellery in the later medieval period. The present ring features heavy religious imagery.

Date
Tuesday 21st February 2017 :
to Saturday 25 February 2017: Antiquities & Coins

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