Alexander the Great (?), ring: mid-16th century; cameo: early Hellenistic 4th century B.C., probably Italian, turquoise, enamel, gold, ring setting, overall: 1 x 1 1/16 in. (2.6 x 2.7 cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 11 x 9.6 mm. This vibrant carving has previously been described as made of glass and as a product of the French Renaissance, but it is in turquoise, a rarity in cameos of any period. That it is reputed to have been in the Este collections may make an Italian origin likelier.
A carved opal, enamel and gold brooch, circa 1860 Set with five opal cameos, two carved to depict maidens in classical costume, three depicting warriors, each within a blue enamel border with white spot detail, to a gold scrolled surround with blue and red guiloché enamel detail, some enamel damage, one opal cracked, length 9.6cm.
Gold, enamel and turquoise bracelet, circa 182. Designed as a series of plaques in Geneva enamel depicting Italian peasants in traditional costume, each labelled according to their locality: Narni, Ostia, Cisterna, Tivoli and Genzano, areas around Rome, each framed with flowers and gold bead work, accented with turquoise and foil backed quartz, length approximately 150mm, enamel imperfect. Via Sotheby’s.