A set of seven George IV  sterling silver-gilt-mounted specimen hardstone  busts of the Seven Sages  by John Linnit, London,  1825
Lot 1133¤
A set of seven George IV sterling silver-gilt-mounted specimen hardstone busts of the Seven Sages by John Linnit, London, 1825
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
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A set of seven George IV sterling silver-gilt-mounted specimen hardstone busts of the Seven Sages
by John Linnit, London, 1825
Comprising: Chilo (Carara Marble); Solon (White Cornelian); Pittacus (Chrysoprase); Cleobulus (Lapis); Periander (Jasper); Thales ([Rock] Crystal); and Dias (Brown Crystal), with silver-gilt pedestals.
the tallest height 4 3/4in (12cm)

Footnotes

  • The Seven Sages was the title given by ancient Greek tradition to a group of pre-Socratic philosophers, poets, statesmen, law-givers and generally shrewd men in the 6th century BCE, who were renowned in centuries that followed for their practical wisdom.

    They are thought to be based on Book 1 of the Diogenes Laërtius collective biography Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers from the 3rd century CE. According to tradition, each sage personifies a wordly insight represented by a particular maxim. Thales of Miletus is famous for his advice "Know thyself." The politician Bias of Priene made the observation that "Most men are bad."

    The use of the specific hardstones is significant in that all of the stones were used in Ancient Greece and ascribed certain metaphysical properties. Jasper was thought to be protective and Lapis was used to heal and encourage authenticity and truth.
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