The Ceres collection or the art of the cameo on sale at Bonhams

Sep 12, 2014

On 17 September, Bonhams Auction House will be offering a sale of antique jewellery. The sale will be quite classic, except for the lots numbered 1 to 101.

On this occasion, Bonhams will be auctioning the Ceres Collection, a set of cameo jewellery in London. This amazing collection was assembled by an American family between the 1930s and 1990s. Many of the pieces are expected to fetch high bids and Bonhams hopes that the entire collection will fetch close to $200,000. Here’s a look at some of the most notable pieces.

Yellow gold ring set with a carved scarab (carnelian) of Etruscan origin and featuring an intaglio of a satyr on its inner side, 4th century BC. Estimated between 1000 and 1500 €. Photo : Bonhams

A remarkable yellow gold ring set with a garnet cameo of Greek origin. The cameo dates from the 4th century BC. Estimate between 3800 and 6300 €. Photo : Bonhams

A yellow gold ring set with an agate cameo representing a female figure, probably of Roman origin and cut between the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. Estimated at between €1900 and €2500. Photo: Bonhams.


An astonishing yellow gold ring set with a “Gryllus” cameo representing four interlocking heads. It dates from the 18th or 19th century. Estimate between 1900 and 2500 €. Photo : Bonhams


A yellow gold ring set with a 19th century cameo representing a Moor. Estimated at €5,000 to €7,500. Photo: Bonhams

A very fine cameo in sardonyx dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and mounted in yellow gold. Estimate between 1900 and 2500 €. Photo : Bonhams


A yellow gold ring set with a 19th century hessonite garnet cameo representing the Emperor Tiberius. Estimated at €2500 to €3800. Photo : Bonhams


A yellow gold ring set with a Roman sardonyx cameo representing a sphinx. Estimate between €1000 and €1500. Photo: Bonhams

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