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Ref  TS4  Baque au Firmament

A fine example of a bague au firmament ring, circa 1780. The high carat gold tapered shank supports a plaque of vibrant foiled cobalt blue glass set with rose-cut diamonds in foil backed silver settings. Such rings, made popular by La Reine Marie Antoinette, were known as bagues au Firmament [rings of the Heavens], as the celestial blue ground evoked the night sky and the diamonds twinkled like stars. The ring is size I [US 4 and 1/4] and the head of the ring is 1 and 1/8 inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide. Very comfortable on the finger due its curved shape, fine quality and immaculate.

£3800

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Details from a portrait of Marie Antoinette wearing bagues au firmament.


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Engraving of bagues au firmament
Cabinet des Modes ou les Modes Nouvelles, 15 Juillet 1786, pl. III, A.B. Duhamel

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