Lot 42. An antique spinel and gold seal ring with hidden key, mid to late 19th century. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 75,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
Rectangular-cut spinel, gold, opens to reveal an extendable gold key, ring size 6 ¾, mid to late 19th century, the spinel is inscribed in reverse for use as a seal.
Provenance: By repute, Nizams of Hyderabad.
Literature: Jaffer 2013, p. 206, ill. p. 273, no. 96
Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2014, p. 79
The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 134, no. 100.
Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019