11 March 2009

The Signet Ring

Signet Ring. The Goldness of this piece is ne plus ultra. By that I mean the colour, lustre, softness and mass of the material are apparent and well used.
The intaglio design is lively and rigourous- the horses are well observed and deftly engraved I think. This convincing realism is charmingly off-set by the crude horizon and simpler drapery on the driver. Although the perspective of the wheel is advanced, I think maybe its centre is eccentric(?). Almost as if engraved by another hand. Quite possible. The whole shape of the ring-face seems to be asymmetrical- I wonder if this is from time-wear or intent? I suppose its only 20 or 30mm wide, but it seems huge in my mind.

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