English, late 14th/15th century. Finger ring

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.  Est. 8,000—12,000 GBP. Sold 70,850 GBP

PROVENANCE: Found near St. Oswald's Church, Winwick, Cheshire

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES : 'Ring is Real Treasure', in The Warrington Guardian, 26 April 2008


French, second half 14th century. Pectoral cross

silver, enamelled and engraved on reverse with the lamb of God and the symbols of the four Evangelists, partially gilt and and mounted with cabochon stones, applied seed pearls. 9.2 by 7.5cm., 3 5/8 by 3in. Est. 20,000—30,000 GBP. Sold 22,500 GBP

NOTE: Compare the mounting of the stones and the setting of the pearls with the clasp in the illustrated in Cluny museum catalogue listed below (no.114). Note also the reliquary clasp tentatively attributed to a Bohemian workshop (no. 131)

RELATED LITERATURE: E. Taburet-Delahaye, L'orfèvrerie au musée de Cluny, Paris 1989, cat. nos. 48, 114 and 131


Spanish, 17th/ early 18th century. Pendant cross

gold set with table-cut emeralds. 52mm., 2in. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP. Sold 4,750 GBP


Byzantine, 5th-7th century. Pendant cross

gold, gem-set, probably a garnet. 39 by 27mm., 1½ by 1 1/8 in. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP. Sold 4,375 GBP

Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art. 09 Jul 09. London www.sothebys.com