I am back from my UK buying trip, and have brought back a treasury of early, investment-quality jewels for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1660-1680, this is the first of a number of absolutely magnificent Stuart-era jewels that I will be listing, and it is also one of the finest! Measuring 1 3/8" x 1", this enamel-on-gold slide boasts a phenomenal scene of Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon, frolicking with a satyr beneath a tree on a grassy hill, with a cherub (representing Eros, the god of Love) and a goat (indicating virility) in the background!
This exquisite image is painted in the finest detail, and the message is one of love and fertility. Artemis is depicted as a beautiful woman, her flowing pink cloak worn off one shoulder and exposing her breast. Her gown is also hitched up and displays her leg. She sits on the satyr's lap, and the expression on his face is all smiles! To the left, the blond-haired Eros sits below and a goat sits to the left, both looking away as if to give the couple some semblance of privacy.
This very sensual expression of mythology was likely painted c.1660 or shortly thereafter, and is emblematic of the freedom of the Restoration of King Charles II after the defeat of Oliver Cromwell, who outlawed any images of sex or frivolity during the English Civil War. The scene is painted on 22k gold, and is in 100% all-original condition, without damage, losses, or repairs (all gold unmarked, but tested). The image is framed within it's own 22k rope work collet, and boasts dozens of tiny saw tooth tabs, typical of English enamel work of the second half of the 17th century. The reverse of the plaque is counter-enameled in robin's egg blue, also typical for enamels painted c.1660-1680.
Best of all, this 350-year-old masterpiece in miniature retains it's original 22k gold slides, allowing it to be worn on a ribbon around the neck or wrist, or sewn on to a Restoration-era lady's sleeve or bodice. Today, it looks wonderful worn in high Stuart style, and the subject is a real rarity! This jewel weighs 4.43 grams. For a Renaissance painting of this subject, see the last photo.
Simply on of the freshest pieces of this era I have ever had the pleasure to offer in my 12+ years as a Platinum-level Ruby Lane seller, this slide represents a wonderfully-wearable investment for the savvy collector. It would also make a stellar holiday gift for anyone who treasures the absolute finest in early jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. As with all of my jewelry pre-dating 1700, this slide will be sold with a COA and valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra charge. Do not miss this miraculous jewel; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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