Property from a European Private Collection (Lots 1-5)
BYZANTINE, CIRCA 6TH CENTURY
gold, decorated with granular beadwork, and set with glass
3cm., 1 3/16 in. overall
ring size: M 1/2
Overall the condition of the ring is very good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor losses to the granular bead decoration, notably one to the edge of the hoop close to the bezel. There are a few very small lacunae to the bezel. There are nicks and minor warping to the gold throughout, consistent with age. There is some minor encrusted dirt in the crevices. There are several chips and nicks to the stone-imitating glass.
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
Compare the bezel with that of two rings in the Koch Collection catalogued as Byzantine, late 5th/6th century (Chadour, op. cit.). For a hoop with stylistically parallel granular beadwork decoration, note nos. 873 and 874 in the Guilhou collection (op. cit.), ascribed also to the Byzantine empire, 5th/6th century.
Catalogue of a collection of Ancient Rings formed by the late E. Guilhou, Paris 1912, reprint; A. B. Chadour, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Leeds, 1994, vol. 1, nos. 484 and 485