Unis pour la vie
A fine quality micro-ivory carving set to a ring of Continental origin, dated 1815. The high carat engraved and tapered shank supports a compartment set with a micro-ivory carving on a cobalt blue ground, under crystal. A pair of clasped hands rest on a mother-of-pearl and gold plinth inscribed Unis pour la vie – united for life. The plinth is set on a bed of micro-ivory foliage. At the top of the scene is a beneficent sun, in ivory and gold, symbolising flaming love. The reverse of the gold shank is inscribed V der M with two coats of arms, symbolising union. The coat of arms appear to be from Strijen in Southern Holland. The inner shank is inscribed with the date 1815. The ring is size N [US 6 and 1/2] and the head of the ring measures just over 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Immaculate. For a similar ring utilising the beneficent sun symbol, see the Koch Collection.
A ring with similar sun symbolism in the Koch Collection.