A MUGHAL EMERALD CRYSTAL SET IN ENAMELLED MOUNT WITH SEED-PEARL STRING NECKLACE, NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY
A MUGHAL EMERALD CRYSTAL SET IN ENAMELLED MOUNT WITH SEED-PEARL STRING NECKLACE, NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY
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A MUGHAL EMERALD CRYSTAL SET IN ENAMELLED MOUNT WITH SEED-PEARL STRING NECKLACE, NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP

A MUGHAL EMERALD CRYSTAL SET IN ENAMELLED MOUNT WITH SEED-PEARL STRING NECKLACE, NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot Sold:20,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

A MUGHAL EMERALD CRYSTAL SET IN ENAMELLED MOUNT WITH SEED-PEARL STRING NECKLACE, NORTH INDIA, 18TH CENTURY


comprising a large natural emerald crystal, with gem-set enamelled settings on each side and seed-pearl string terminals, mounted as a necklace with further seed-pearl strings and cord for fastening


mount: 9cm by 3.5cm.

seed-pearl string necklace: 16cm.


unmounted emerald crystal: 363.9 carats 

Condition Report

The large emerald crystal possibly slightly polished, with drill hole for fastening (it is possible to unmount the stone), some natural inclusions visible and scratches to surface, the enamel on the mount with some rubbing and minor sections missing, the seed-pearl strings fragile, some of seed pearls with breaks, as viewed.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

In Mughal India emeralds were associated with the fertility of nature and were believed to aid good vision. The Mughals also believed emeralds like other precious gems had strong astrological associations; the time at which a stone would be engraved and when it should then be worn was governed by the relative position of the planets. The present example is rare in that it was left in its crystalline form and mounted as such, showing off its size. During the Mughal period emeralds were mined in Columbia and reached India via Spanish merchants as trade goods. The first emerald mine was at Chivor, discovered in 1555 and another later at Muzo in 1560. A strong trade developed with the Mughals, who purchased the largest and finest quality emeralds. 

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