A 15th century gold iconographic ring, English
Lot 6
A 15th century gold iconographic ring, English
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 15,682) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 15th century gold iconographic ring, English
The bezel composed of three slightly concave rectangular panels, depicting the Holy Trinity and the Annunciation, the threefold design continuing to twisted shoulders engraved with rays of light, flowers and the inscription 'En Bon Foie' (In Good Faith), the hoop with beadwork decoration, traces of white enamel remaining, ring size M½

Footnotes

  • Found in Stanford, Kent, Treasure Number 2010 T324, and disclaimed by the Crown.

    Iconographic rings incorporating devotional images with inscriptions were popular throughout the 15th century and found only in England and Scotland. Such rings, representing scenes such as the Trinity, Christ, the Virgin and favourite saints with their attributes, are believed to have been given as gifts at weddings and at New Year.

    See Scarisbrick, Diana, 'Rings, Jewellery of Power, Love and Loyalty', Thames and Hudson, London, 2007, page 136, colour plate 188, for a similar ring depicting the Holy Trinity.
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