An important archaeological Roman intaglio set necklace. 27 Roman hardstone intaglios, mainly of the 1st century CE, set in a later 19th century yellow gold necklace. The rub over “Roman” style settings with gold jump ring separators between each, tongue snap fastener, approx. 42cm long. Intaglios ranging in size, smallest being 7mm x 6mm and largest (centre stone) 15mm x 12mm. Containing from left to right the following intaglios (see image);
Please note the 27 intaglios above have been authenticated as 1st century Roman, they are consistent as having been found and probably acquired from Italy prior to having been set in the necklace.and were clearly selected to portray animals and plants. Identifications by Dr. Martin Henig of the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford.
Sena Chiesa, Aquileia. G. Sena Chiesa, Gemme del Museo Nazionale di Aquileia(Aquileia 1966)
Henig,Britain M. Henig, A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones from British Sites (BAR 8., Oxford1974, 1978 and 2007 editions)
Henig and MacGregor,Ashmolean M.Henig and A.MacGregor, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Finger-rings in the Ashmolean Museum.II.Roman (Beazley Archive and Archaeopress,Oxford 2004)
Sold for £28,000
Auction: Fine Art Sale, 13th Sep, 2017
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