Medieval Rings

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Neoclassical Ring Set with a Carnelian Intaglio of Dionysius

Likely Italy?, or perhaps England?, 18th century (intaglio); c. 1800 (mount)

Gold, carnelian

  • 15.700 €
  • £13,800
  • $18,000
  • Neoclassical Ring Set with a Carnelian Intaglio of Dionysius

    Likely Italy?, or perhaps England?, 18th century (intaglio); c. 1800 (mount)
    Gold, carnelian
    Weight 5.8 gr.; bezel 21.6 x 18 mm.; circumference 49.32 mm.; US size 5; UK size J ½

    The open-set carnelian intaglio with beveled edge in gold shows in deep relief the carved-out image of the bearded head of Dionysius (Bacchus to the Romans) in three-quarter profi le turned to the right. He wears a wreath of ivy leaves and a cloak along the neckline. The round hoop widens at the ends to support the oval bezel. Cameos and intaglios have never gone out of fashion. Perfected by the Greeks and Romans, the art of carving stones, either in relief or hollowed out, has been practiced for thousands of years. One of the favored themes was Dionysius, god of agriculture, grape harvest, winemaking, as well as madness and ecstasy. He is shown portrait-style as a bearded old man, crowned with his wreath of ivy considered sacred to him and sometimes mistakenly identifi ed as grape leaves.

    Reference number: 896

  • Carnelian

    Reddish form of chalcedony quartz, this translucent stone has a waxy luster. The best carnelian is from India.

    Birthstone

    January-Garnet: Safe travel and a speedy homecoming
    February-Amethyst: Power to overcome difficulties
    March-Jasper: Courage
    April-Diamond: Everlasting love
    May-Emerald: Love and fidelity
    June- Pearl: Purity, Celebrate a birth
    July- Ruby: Prosperity (if worn on the left hand); Everlasting love (if worn on the right)
    August-Peridot and Sardonyx: Strength and growth; Happiness in a relationship
    September-Sapphire: Sincerity and faithfulness
    October-Opal and Tourmaline: Confidence and hope
    November-Citrine and Yellow Topaz: Strength and friendship
    December-Turquoise: Protects against evil and ill health

  • Intaglio

    Intaglio is a method of decoration in which a design is cut into the surface, the opposite of cameo. Signet rings are frequently decorated with intaglio, as are seals.

    Hoop

    Also called the shank, the rounded part of the ring that encircles the finger and connects to the bezel at the shoulders.

    Bezel

    The upper, protruding part of a finger ring (excluding the hoop and the shoulders) often set with a gemstone.

  • Later

    It is virtually impossible to do justice to the evolution of jewelry from the Baroque period (c. 1700) to Modern times in a short synopsis, but these are a few highlights. Many of the functional aspects of finger-rings continued: they served for betrothal and marriage, for signing and family identification, for memorial purposes, as well as for pure ornament. However, some new types of rings emerge during this period: such as puzzle rings, gimmick rings, perfume rings, and rings that celebrated scientific achievements (e.g., watch rings) are but a few of the examples.

    This time span witnesses the emergence of the “archaeological style,” of which the work of Fortunato Pio Castellani in the 1830s to 1860s is a particularly well-known example, one that fits in the Neo-Classical period. We see the flourishing of other styles related to artistic movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture. These include Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement, both beginning around the 1880s, and Art Deco in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. It also covers the emergence of some of the most famous twentieth-century houses of jewelry, such as Cartier, Charmet, Boucheron, Bulgari, Tiffany’s, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Mellerio, to mention only a few. Jewelry historians responsible for exhibitions in major museums have begun to trace the historical contributions and characterize the styles of jewelry, including rings, not only of these different artistic movements, but also of these great houses.

    Two other sometimes-overlapping categories of later jewelry are of significant import. The first category, “artist jewelry,” consists of jewelry by artists mostly known for their work in other media, such as Picasso, Calder, Dali, Robert Indiana, Louise Bourgeois, Yves Klein, Anish Kapoor, and many others. The second category, “studio jewelry” includes work by modern and contemporary goldsmiths. Among those practicing today of special mention are Wendy Ramshaw and others belonging to the Goldsmith’s Company in London, dedicated to continuing the craft since it received its first royal charter in 1327. Others of different national origins include the Italian Giovanni Corvaja (handled by Adrian Sassoon in London), the American Joel Arthur Rosenthal or JAR of Paris (whose international exhibition was staged at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2013), Otto Jakob of Germany, and the newcomer Wallace Chan of China. The experienced viewer-collector, as well as the newcomer to the field, can begin to learn about modern jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with its dedicated jewelry gallery and specialized curator, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London which houses the William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, and the private collection of Alice and Louis Koch.

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Neoclassical Ring Set with a Carnelian Intaglio of Dionysius

Likely Italy?, or perhaps England?, 18th century (intaglio); c. 1800 (mount)
Gold, carnelian
Weight 5.8 gr.; bezel 21.6 x 18 mm.; circumference 49.32 mm.; US size 5; UK size J ½

USD $18,000

The open-set carnelian intaglio with beveled edge in gold shows in deep relief the carved-out image of the bearded head of Dionysius (Bacchus to the Romans) in three-quarter profi le turned to the right. He wears a wreath of ivy leaves and a cloak along the neckline. The round hoop widens at the ends to support the oval bezel. Cameos and intaglios have never gone out of fashion. Perfected by the Greeks and Romans, the art of carving stones, either in relief or hollowed out, has been practiced for thousands of years. One of the favored themes was Dionysius, god of agriculture, grape harvest, winemaking, as well as madness and ecstasy. He is shown portrait-style as a bearded old man, crowned with his wreath of ivy considered sacred to him and sometimes mistakenly identifi ed as grape leaves.

Reference number: 896

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