A Georgian Hardstone Intaglio Ring Depicting Pan
A Georgian hardstone intaglio ring, the oval cornelian measuring 15x11mm, depicting the figure of Pan, rubover set within a yellow gold mount with banded detail to the ridge, to a tapered yellow gold shank, circa 1800, the head measuring 1.7 x 1.4cm, finger size V, gross weight 14.2 grams.
In ancient Greek mythology Pan was the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, rustic music and companion of the nymphs. He was also recognized as the god of fields, groves, wooded glens and often affiliated with fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.
This handsome Georgian ring comes from the collection of Bentley & Skinner, the London jewellers by appointment to both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The bright yellow gold pairs perfectly with the carved red carnelian stone, which depicts a delicate image of the Greek mythological figure Pan. Intaglio and cameo rings and other forms of jewellery become very popular in around 1800, when Napoleon began avidly collecting antique intaglios. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, gentlemen began taking the ‘grand tour’ of the ancient world, travelling to Greece and Italy. Many of these gentlemen collected intaglios on their travels. This ring follows in the neoclassical, early nineteenth century tradition of Ancient Greek and Roman motifs.
The finger size of most of our rings can be adjusted and our workshop will be happy to do this free of charge. If you do not know your finger size please request us to post you a finger measure.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.