Lot 9
  • 9

A CONTINENTAL GOLD MARRIAGE RING

Estimate
7,000 - 10,000 USD
Sold
8,125 USD
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Description

  • gold
  • Height:  1  7/8
house form in gold filigree, the band with tall bosses, topped by high scalloped roof with large ball finials at the corners, opening to reveal the words Mazal Tov.

Exhibited

New York, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, The Collector's Room:  Selections from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Collection, 1993, no. 27, illus.

Catalogue Note

There is some evidence that in the early medieval period, brides were presented with elaborate wedding rings, which featured a house-like superstructure, embodying the hope that the newly married couple would go on to form a faithful Jewish home.  The few surviving early examples of these rings served as models for similar rings produced in later centuries.
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