A collection of ancient intaglios dispersed at auction in Laval | The auction magazine

February 17, 2021 | Updated March 1, 2021

An unpublished collection of antique intaglios will be displayed by François Nugues and Fabien Drouelle on February 25 at the Laval Auction House.It was put together, out of sight, by a passionate and specialist in Antiquity at the turn.of the 19th and 20th centuries.

It is an exceptional collection of more than forty antique intaglios that François Nugues will unveil next February 25 in Laval and live on Interencheres.Buried in a safe for several years, it was made from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century by an antiquity enthusiast who participated in archaeological excavations."The current owners of the collection did not wish to communicate his name but he is a true specialist, discoverer and re-discoverer of antiquity treasures », Details the auctioneer.The carefully selected intaglios stand out as much for their quality as for the originality of the subjects treated and the state of conservation of the stones: three crucial criteria for any lover of fine stones.as ornaments or placed in a window as objects of contemplation, they should arouse envy, especially on the Anglo-Saxon market where intaglios are particularly popular.

Unique intaglios on the market

Bringing together a wide range of styles and eras, this collection allows to appreciate the evolution of the creation of intaglios, from Etruscan, Archaic Greek, Classical and Hellenistic art to the Roman Empire and the Gallo-Roman era.They were used at the time as seals or decorative objects, highlighting the social importance of their owners in the life of the city.Their iconography was relatively standardized, usually showing an emperor, a god such than Mars and Venus, or an animal."Rings depicting divinities have been produced by the thousands and can be found regularly in auction houses, while those depicting scenes from the Trojan War are much rarer.'one of the one we are selling illustrates a little-known episode during which Ajax tears Cassandra from the statue of Athena, near which she had taken refuge in the Palladion, ”explains François Nugues.An original motive that justifies the estimate including e between 2,000 and 3,000 euros.This ring can be acquired alongside another astonishing flagship lot, a twisted open ring ring adorned with a thread of grènetis whose ends feature two finely executed roaring lion heads (estimated 2,000 - 3,000 euros).Real icons whose motif will be used extensively over the following centuries, and still today by some major jewelry brands.Note that some intaglios offering rare iconography such as a ring featuring Attis, a deity of Phrygian origin (2,000 - 3,000 euros), have retained their original mounts, making them rare and sought-after objects by collectors.Others were used in the 19th century, but these restorations and new goldsmiths, which testify to a real technical prowess, in no way diminish the prestige of the old intaglios.

Posted Date: 2021-03-12

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