A Byzantine gold ring,
with a raised circular boss, intaglio engraved with a bird and a lizard or salamander, with black niello decoration, stepped plinths below with niello enamel zig zag and Greek key decoration, with triangular shoulders, with niello acanthus leaves. A chevron section shank with niello Vitruvian scroll guards and wording to each side of the head. 26.78g.
Finger size P½-Q approximately
Provenance: Iconastas, Piccadilly Arcade, St. James's, London, W1
Please note that the rings from the Iconastas collection have not been the subject of a metallurgy report, and as such cannot be substantiated in terms of period or purity.
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Sold for £7,000
Tested as approximately 21-24ct.
Noticeable scratches and marks.
Some losses of enamel.
Bruises to the head and boss.
NB - should read Vitruvian scroll, which is a style of wave decoration. The ring is not a Victorian copy.
Tested with an auracle electronic 20-22ct approximately. This is not an XRF test. Acid spot test 22-24ct approximately.
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