Property from a European Private Collection (Lots 1-5)
BYZANTINE, 6TH CENTURY AND LATER
NECKLACE WITH A PENDANT OF GOD THE FATHER
steatite, mounted in gold, with pearl and glass pendants
30cm., 11¾in. suspended
Overall the condition of the necklace is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some denting and warping to the gold of the 'acorn' pendants and the mount of the steatite roundel. There is rubbing to the steatite carving. There is particular dirt in the crevices. There is craquelure to one of the pearls. The pearls have not been tested. It is possible that some elements such as the mounts of the pearls and glass stone at the bottom are post-Byzantine.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Adolphe (1871-1949) and Suzanne Stoclet, Brussels;
thence by descent;
private European collection
This necklace seems to combine several different Byzantine objects. Whereas steatite is not used in Constantinople until the 10th century, comparable locks and cylinders are consistently dated to the 6th and 7th centuries. See M.C. Ross, Jewelry, Enamels and art of the Migration Period, cat. The Dumbarton Oaks Centre for Byzantine Studies, vol. II, Washington, 1965, nos. 6B and 179C, and Sotheby's London, 27 April 1965, lot 51.