20 mars 2009

Two rare jade or hardstone-inlaid gold filigree dress ornaments, Golden Horde, 13-14th century

Two rare jade or hardstone-inlaid gold filigree dress ornaments, Golden Horde, 13-14th century each of lobed cartouche form, comprising minute scrolling vines in finely executed gold filigree, set with five circular discs of jade or hardstone. 3.3 by 2.7cm. Estimate 20,000—25,000 GBP NOTE: Similar examples can be found in the State Hemitage Museum, St Petersburg (see The Treasures of the Golden Horde 2000, p.119, cat. 156-164). Although the pieces in the museum are inlaid with pearls it seems that they may once have been... [Lire la suite]