Roman Polychrome Jewelry Set in Gold, Pearls and Precious Stones

Roman · 1st-2nd Century A.D.

Material

Gold

Pearl

Precious Stone

Dimensions

L: 66 cm

Reference

13552

Price

CHF 62’000

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Overview

Necklace: 66 cm

Earrings 3.7 cm

This stunning group, which consists of two necklaces and a pair of earrings, is stylistically and technically very homogenous: one of the necklaces is made of a quadruple chain that supports 22 pendants ornamented with small beads in green and white glass paste, while the other is composed of small gold rings inserted one into the other that separate some cylindrical green beads.

The earrings are circular and of a similarly simple type: their surface is rounded and divided by a multitude of semi-spherical bulges, between which white pearls are fixed by fine gold wires. A ring set with green glass paste is soldered onto the top of each earring.

Condition

In excellent condition. Many of the stones and pearls are intact.

Provenance

Art Market, prior to 2001;

German Art Market, acquired in 2001.

Bibliography

GREIFENHAGEN A., Schmuckarbeiten in Edelmetal (Berlin Staatl. Museen), Berlin, 1975, vol. 2, pl. 29, 3.

MARSHALL M.A., Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman (London B.M.), Londron, 1971, n. 2622-23, 2633, n. 2709.

Museum Parallels

Ashmolean Museum

Oxford, UK

The British Museum

London, UK

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York