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18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'
18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'
18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'
18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'
18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'
18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'

18kt Yellow Gold Ring With Brown Glass Intaglio by 'Hecker'

$9,651 USD

Tax included.

This excellent example of intaglio carving dates to Italy during the 1770s. The oval carved glass medallion which likely depicts Julius Caesar has been mounted in a later 18 karat yellow gold frame. The medallion is signed 'Hecker' for Christian Friedrich Hecker (1754-1795) who was active in Italy from around 1770 to 1790 and was known for his execution of fine cameos and intaglios. Hecker is known to have completed his apprenticeship under Giovanni Pilcher and can count the poet Goethe as a patron. There are examples of the work of Hecker held in the British Museum and pieces offered for sale by the great London jeweller, Wartski. The profile in the ring while not positively identified as Caesar has remarkable similarities to period depictions of him and likely is showing the famous Roman general. This ring is a one of a kind piece of Italian jewellery history and would suit a gentleman just as easily as it would a lady.

Ring size - 62/U

Marked - unmarked but tests as 18 karat gold

Total weight of piece - 6.55 grams

 

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