RARE GEORGE WASHINGTON MOURNING RING WITH MINIATURE ENGRAVED OVAL PORTRAIT BY CHARLES B.J. FEVRET DE SAINT-MEMIN, CIRCA 1800.Est. $10,000-$15,000
Sold: $10,200 ($8,500)
The stipple engraving depicting Washington as a sculpted classical bust, his head “crowned” with a laurel wreath and displayed within an oval bezel.
Literature: For a discussion of Saint-Memin’s portrait of Washington, see Ellen G. Miles “Saint-Memin and the Neoclassical Profile Portrait in America,” pp. 101-105. For other examples of Washington mourning rings, see Martha Gandy Fales “Jewelry in America 1600-1900,” p. 94, pl. 55 and a ring sold at Northeast Auctions, March 22, 2015, lot 2.