Ring-a-ding-ding, its time for Spring, and I am celebrating by offering several lovely rings this week for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to 1800-1810, this Neoclassical intaglio ring is a wearable beauty, as well as a rare survival! Measuring 17 mm tall x 12 mm wide across the bezel, this ring boasts a marvelous Tassie intaglio cast in reddish-orange paste to imitate ancient carnelian, and the detail is nothing short of fabulous! The image is that of the Roman empress Flavia Julia Titus (13 September 64 – 91). Julia Flavia was the only child to Emperor Titus from his second marriage to the well-connected Marcia Furnilla. Her parents divorced when Julia was an infant, due to her mother's family being connected to the opponents of Roman Emperor Nero.
Julia Flavia Titus is depicted as a woman in early middle age, her hair elaborately dressed in braids, cords and curls, and held in place with pins and pearls. She wears a chiton, as well as an abundance of jewelry, including double pearl drop earrings and a pearl necklace.
For such a comparatively small intaglio, this example is highly detailed and sharply rendered. Although too small to be signed, it is almost certainly the work of James Tassie, who perfected the art of paste intaglios in the 1790s. This example is set in a rubbed-over frame of 9k gold, and the bezel is of the swivel variety so popular during the first decade of the 19th century. The shank is a simple hoop of gold, and the bezel is still securely pin-set after over two centuries. SO LOVELY!
This ring is a size 7, and should not be re-sized except by laser, for high heat will harm the intaglio. Suitable for wear by a lady or as a pinky ring by a gentleman, this ring has made it into the 21st-century in as fine a state of preservation as the most discerning collector could hope for. The ring weighs in at 2.51 grams.
Simply a museum-worthy example of a Neoclassical Tassie intaglio ring, this jewel epitomizes all that is so simple and special about the jewelry of the opening years of the 19th century. It would also make a stellar gift for any lady or gentleman fascinated with the history of either ancient Rome or Regency England, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this Imperial beauty; it is priced for quick sale, up to 45-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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