An Italian enamel, gold and gem-set agate bust of a Moor, circa 1600.

Wearing a frogged coat decorated in white, black and green enamel, the frogging of translucent blue, the agate head and turban set at a later date with a diamond-set aigrette. The bust itself, appears in a 1690 Inventory and was set at a later date on a gold pedestal decorated with trellis work enriched with spinels.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule recorded an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, which included under the listing of ‘Gold Things’: ‘A Moores Head Cutt out of an olive stone sett with pearle Rubies and Diamonds upon a Gold and Jett ped-stall with a large Turquoise stone plate of Eight Squares’.

REFERENCE: EWA08521

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