ITALIAN, PROBABLY EARLY 19TH CENTURY | INTAGLIO WITH A LADY WEARING A TIARA, POSSIBLY FAUSTINA THE ELDER
1,000 - 1,500 GBP
ITALIAN, PROBABLY EARLY 19TH CENTURY
INTAGLIO WITH A LADY WEARING A TIARA, POSSIBLY FAUSTINA THE ELDER
carnelian, in a later gold mount
stone: 2.3cm., 3/8in.
ring size N
Overall the condition of the intaglio is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are some nicks and scratches to the gold mount.
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Elaborate plaited hairstyles were popular in the 2nd century C.E. and were worn by empresses such as Faustina the Elder, see D. Scarisbrick et al., The Guy Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings, London, 2016, no. 69, and D. Scarisbrick et al., The Beverley Collection of Gems at Alnwick Castle, London, 2017, no. 250.