Lot 155. A gem-set and enamelled necklace, earrings and ring, India, circa 19th century. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby’s 2018.
the gold necklace composed of rectangular beads each depicting a flower with a central diamond set in the kundan technique, red enamel petals against a green criss-cross design, the reverse enamelled with red and green floral blossoms on a white ground, with hanging gem-set and seed pearl beads, matching pendant earrings, together with a large bulbous ring set with a carved emerald and polychrome enamel body; necklace: 23cm. length; each earring: 6cm; interior of ring: 1.7cm. diam.
Lot 157. A gem-set and enamelled necklace, India, 19th century. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby’s 2018.
Lot 153. A fine Mughal gem-set inscribed jade pendant, North India, 18th-19th century. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby’s 2018.
the jade pendant of lobed form, one side inlaid with gold and highlighted with inset foil-backed green stones and diamonds with a crescent moon amongst floral and bird motifs, the reverse featuring an incised calligraphic medallion within an inscribed border, gold floral motifs along the edges, with a green and metal-thread necklace; pendant: 5 by 5.8cm.
In the centre: The Shahada
In the borders: The nada ‘Ali quatrain, followed by: 'There is no youth [as brave as] ‘Ali, no sword [as sharp as] dhu’l-faqar’
And invocation to God as: ‘O the Judge of needs! O Sufficient of necessities! O the Healer of ailments!’
Lot 156. A diamond-set and enamelled necklace and earrings, India, 20th century. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000. Lot Sold 16,250 GBP (18,597 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby’s 2018.
comprised of facet-cut diamonds set in gold with foil backing on linked chains, with a hanging pendant in the form of a stylised flowerhead, enamelled on the reverse in red, green, yellow, blue and white with foliate details on each setting, gold chain, together with a pair of matching earrings, in bespoke box. Quantity: 3 - diamond section: 23cm. max. length - each earring: 6.2cm.
Lot 158. A pair of large gem-set earrings with seed pearls, India, late 19th-early 20th century. Estimate 5,000 — 8,000. Lot Sold 6,250 GBP (7,153 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby’s 2018.
each of openwork design, with a flowerhead ear-piece with hanging drop and crescent-shape containing two facing birds, gemstones set with foil-backing, seed-pearl fringes, attachment string. Quantity: 2 - each earring: 13cm. with string: 23.2cm.
Note: Stylistically, these earrings share a similar design with a nose-ring (balu) in the National Museum, New Delhi (inv. no.87.1168), attributed to Himachal Pradesh, early twentieth century (Krishan and Kumar 2001, p.177, no.276).