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539

A GIFT FROM EMPEROR NICHOLAS I

A garnet and diamond ring, early 19th century
Estimation
4 0006 000
Lot. Vendu 6,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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539

A GIFT FROM EMPEROR NICHOLAS I

A garnet and diamond ring, early 19th century
Estimation
4 0006 000
Lot. Vendu 6,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A garnet and diamond ring, early 19th century
the central cushion-cut stone within a rose-cut diamond-set border and openwork scroll frame, the outer border of large circular-cut diamonds, the shank engraved: 'The Emperor Nicholas to Alan Stevenson 1839', together with a leather ring box embossed with the Imperial eagle, and letter
height of bezel: 2.9cm, 1 1/8 in.
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Provenance

According to the 1957 letter accompanying this lot, the ring was given by the Emperor to Alan Stevenson (1807-1865), the famed Scottish lighthouse engineer, following "the completion of the light house construction carried out by him in the year 1830.  It is understood that to show his appreciation the Emperor drew the ring from his little finger and presented it with a grandiose flourish." 

Thence by descent

Bibliographie

Excerpt from Craig Muir, A Star for Seamen: The Stevenson Family of Engineers, London, 1978, p. 175:

"Of all the Stevensons, Alan was the most unusual engineer.  He had unquestioned abilities, and by [the 1840s] had already been presented with medals from the kings of Holland and Prussia and with a splendid diamond ring from Czar Nicholas of Russia for his lighthouse work."

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