25 avril 2012

A 15th century gold marriage ring

A 15th century gold marriage ring.  Photo Bonhams The ring engraved with amatory inscription 'iea do re' (Je adore), each group of letters connected by double heart and cross motifs, on a cross-hatched ground, ring size N½. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000, US$ 6,400 - 9,600  Found in Redditch Worcestershire, treasure number 2005 T158. Accompanied by copies of letters from the British Museum describing the ring and confirming the Crown's interest in this find was disclaimed. Bonhams. Fine Jewellery, 25 Apr... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2012

A Roman tinned bronze mirror. Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.

A Roman tinned bronze mirror. Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.  Photo Bonhams With a separately-cast Hercules club handle with knopped details and a mask at the join of the mirror and handle, the mirror with a pierced border, the slightly concave reverse with incised concentric rings, 9¼in (23.7cm) long. Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000, US$ 4,700 - 7,900, € 3,600 - 6,000 - Unsold Provenance:: The Aldo Branca Collection, Ascona, Switzerland, acquired between the 1960s and 1980s. Bonhams. Antiquities, 25 Apr... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2012

A gold, paste and enamel 'memento mori' ring, 1727

A gold, paste and enamel 'memento mori' ring, 1727. Photo Bonhams The coffin-shaped bezel depicting the image of a skeleton, overlaid with a similarly shaped transparent paste in a collet setting, another skeleton curving round the hoop rendered in black enamel with a crown at its head and the legend 'memento mori' at its feet, the interior inscribed with the initials 'JB' and the date '1727', ring size Q. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000, US$ 3,200 - 4,800  Bonhams. Fine Jewellery, 25 Apr 2012. London, New Bond... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2012

An Etruscan bronze mirror. Circa 4th-3rd Century B.C

An Etruscan bronze mirror. Circa 4th-3rd Century B.C. Photo Bonhams The reverse of the mirror engraved with a Bacchic figural scene of a dancing maenad holding a thyrsus and a nude male figure holding a timpanum, with scrolling foliate decoration around the edge and at the join with the handle, the obverse with a notched border, a palmette at the join with the handle, terminating in an animal head, 10¾in (27.5cm) long, mounted. Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000, US$ 4,700 - 7,900, € 3,600 - 6,000 - Unsold ... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2012

A 17th century gold posy ring

A 17th century gold posy ring. Photo Bonhams The hoop engraved with elaborate floral motifs, the interior engraved 'love ever or never', indistinct maker's mark, ring size I½ - Estimate: £1,500 - 2,000, US$ 2,400 - 3,200.  Found in the 'Gainsborough Area', Lincolnshire, Treasure number 2011 T574. The Crown's interest in this ring has been disclaimed. Bonhams. Fine Jewellery, 25 Apr 2012. London, New Bond Street www.bonhams.com
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25 avril 2012

Rich offerings of Chinese art fill two-day June auction at Bonhams

A fine and rare eight panel cinnabar lacquer screen with jade and semi-precious stone embellishments, 18th/19th century. Est. $150,000-250,000. Photo: Bonhams. SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams in San Francisco announced its two day auction of Fine Asian Works of Art and Asian Decorative Art to be held June 19-20. With more than 700 objects on the auction block, this two-day event will present enticing works of art in every category. The first day of the auction will be devoted to Bonhams biannual auction of Fine Asian Works of Art.... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2012

Stunning 12th century carved marble basin tops Bonhams Islamic and Indian sale in London

12th century basin. Photo: Bonhams LONDON.- A 12th century Zangid carved marble basin from Syria, with a fine Kufic inscription sold today (24.4.12) for £193,250 at Bonhams sale of Indian and Islamic art in London. The inscriptions contain references to water and its benefits from the Qur'an, "From it you drink and out of it [grows] the vegetation on which you feed your cattle"; "[has provided] for your sustenance of things pure and good"; "And We made water every living thing". The Zangids were of Turkic origin and ruled parts of... [Lire la suite]
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