This rare 18ct Gold Georgian pink foiled sitting dog intaglio ring is a fantastic historic find crafted in the 18th century. This historic ring is attributed to James Tassie (1735-1799), a legendary Scottish gemstone engraver.
There is so much character to this fantastic chunky ring, the intaglio "Quande ce chien aboeira notre ametie est finie" is translated to "When the dog barks our friendship is over". Whilst this saying is likely open to interpretation, we believe that it is an 18th-century French proverb professing the important connection that we have between us and our pets.
ERA: Georgian, c.1790.
RING SIZE: UK Size R / US Size 8 & 5/8
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MEASUREMENTS: Ring head 16.5mm long x 19.5mm wide.
Foiled Paste 14mm long x 17mm wide.
Ring band graduates from 2.5mm wide at the back to 5.5mm wide at the ring shoulders.
MATERIALS: Solid 18ct Gold, Pink Foiled Paste Glass Intaglio.
HALLMARKS: Tests as solid 18ct Gold throughout. Intaglio "Quande Ce Chien Aboeira Notre Ametie Est Finie" which translates to "When the Dog Barks Our Friendship Is Over".
VERY GOOD: This rare 18ct Gold Georgian pink foiled sitting dog intaglio ring is in fabulous condition for its old age. The bright pink purple foil is immaculate, and the intaglio itself has been well-preserved with time. There are a few signs of wear around the settings, but the 18ct Gold is incredibly sturdy. The ring band shape is elliptical in shape, but we are confident that it will fit a UK Size R or US Size 8.5-9. It is very likely that the intaglio was crafted by James Tassie, who was most famously known for engraving miniature medallion heads of nobility as well as selling large numbers of "Tassie Casts" of engraved gems for collectors and jewellers. This museum-quality ring is a fantastic find for a rare Georgian jewellery collector!