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Six gold, hardstone, and gem-set blackamoor seals, 18th to early 19th century. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s

one with sardonyx bust on diamond-set frame; one carved with three different agates, diamond collar, crescent, and loop; a third with ruby and diamond neck bow; fourth with ruby collar and shoulder chains; fifth set with green stone and remounted matrix; the last with female head with diamond eyes and castle base.  Together with an example with chalcedony bust and gold-banded turban, wheat sheaf matrix, 20th century. 7 pieces. heights approx. 1 5/8 in., 4 cm

Sotheby’s. Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon: Jewels & Objects of Vertu, New York | 20 nov. 2014, 07:00 PM