AN ANTIQUE SAPPHIRE, GARNET AND GOLD MALTESE CROSS BROOCH Centering upon an oval cabochon sapphire, within a white and blue enamel frame, accented by gold wirework, each similarly-set arm alternating with cabochon garnets, the reverse enhanced by decorative engraving, mounted in gold, (with retractable pendant loop for suspension), circa 1870

AN ANTIQUE SAPPHIRE, GARNET AND GOLD MALTESE CROSS BROOCH Centering upon an oval cabochon sapphire, within a white and blue enamel frame, accented by gold wirework, each similarly-set arm alternating with cabochon garnets, the reverse enhanced by decorative engraving, mounted in gold, (with retractable pendant loop for suspension), circa 1870

Post-Byzantine (Serres, Greece) Date: mid-16th century Material: Gold, amethyst, emeralds, rubies, pearls, semiprecious stones, niello

Post-Byzantine (Serres, Greece) Date: mid-16th century Material: Gold, amethyst, emeralds, rubies, pearls, semiprecious stones, niello

1275-1300 (Met) This monumental ivory carving is one of the largest to survive from the later Middle Ages. Weighing nearly eleven pounds, the sculpture retains much of its original paint. The tender depiction of the infant Jesus touching the chin of the Virgin as she plays with his foot is of Byzantine origin.

1275-1300 (Met) This monumental ivory carving is one of the largest to survive from the later Middle Ages. Weighing nearly eleven pounds, the sculpture retains much of its original paint. The tender depiction of the infant Jesus touching the chin of the Virgin as she plays with his foot is of Byzantine origin.

Mazzaforte, Madonna della Misericordia, 1428, Palazzo Trinci, Foligno

Mazzaforte, Madonna della Misericordia, 1428, Palazzo Trinci, Foligno

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Matteo Treglia, 1713: mitra molto gemmata dalla collezione della Cappella Reale del tesoro di san Gennaro di Napoli

Matteo Treglia, 1713: mitra molto gemmata dalla collezione della Cappella Reale del tesoro di san Gennaro di Napoli

A Crown, from Saxony. 3rd quater 17th century. Gilded brass, rock crystal, and painted enamel. May have been an elaborate piece of costume jewellery. At the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

A Crown, from Saxony. 3rd quater 17th century. Gilded brass, rock crystal, and painted enamel. May have been an elaborate piece of costume jewellery. At the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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