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A pair of Mughal spectacles set with diamond lenses, in diamond-mounted frames, India, lenses circa 17th century, frames 19th century

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Estimate:

1,500,000

to
- 2,500,000 GBP

A pair of Mughal spectacles set with diamond lenses, in diamond-mounted frames, India, lenses circa 17th century, frames 19th century

A pair of Mughal spectacles set with diamond lenses, in diamond-mounted frames, India, lenses circa 17th century, frames 19th century

Estimate:

1,500,000

to
- 2,500,000 GBP

comprising two flat cut diamonds set in silver and gold frames mounted with old-cut smaller diamonds


setting: 12.1cm. width

lenses: approx. 2.5cm long, 2.3cm wide and 0.159 cm thick; approx. 2.4cm long, 2.2cm wide and 0.171cm thick respectively.

36 grams

Very minor abrasions to external edges of diamond lenses, more noticeable on one than the other but otherwise both in good condition, the settings with foil-backed diamonds ranging from a brown to yellow tint which is typical of old cut stones of this age, inclusions visible to the eye, exhibit abrasions and chips, some discolouration visible to the foiling of the settings, some wear, including scratches and slight tarnish to frames as consistent with use and age, 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."

India: Jewels that Enchanted the World, exh. cat., Moscow Kremlin Museums, 11 April-27 July 2014, pp.194-5, no.105.