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Lot 5: Medieval Stirrup Ring: NO RESERVE

Jewelry Auction: Ancient, Asian and Ethnographic - MANY LOTS OFFERED AT NO RESERVE

by The Curator's Eye

November 30, 2016

Boston, MA, USA

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  • Medieval Stirrup Ring: NO RESERVE
  • Medieval Stirrup Ring: NO RESERVE
  • Medieval Stirrup Ring: NO RESERVE
  • Medieval Stirrup Ring: NO RESERVE
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Description: This is a typical Gothic style ring, known as stirrup ring named after it shape, that of a horses stirrup. Typically reserved for ecclesiastical purposes and worn by men of the Church. These are often set with cabochon sapphires, the blue of the stone reminding of their divine powers. The medieval stirrup ring originates in the 12th century and continues till the 14th century, perhaps to emulate the Gothic arches of Cathedrals. This stirrup-shaped ring is set with a dark blue cabochon sapphire and has a solid gold thick hoop, flat in the interior and rounded on the exterior widening toward the bezel.

Please note that this lot has a reserve and is part of a live auction with attending bidders. When you leave a bid in advance of the auction, submit your maximum. Invaluable will bid on your behalf as much as necessary to ensure that you meet the reserve price or that you remain in the lead, up to your maximum. The bidder who has submitted the highest bid wins the lot, provided the bid exceeds the reserve price.

Provenance: Property of a distinguished lady.

Dimensions: Bezel 4 x 4 mm.; circumference 55 mm.; US size 7; UK size O

Medium: Gold, sapphire

Date: 1263

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