Fine Arts: Object of Desire

Two pairs of glittering Indian 17th-century spectacles are up for grabs at Sotheby’s

17th October, 2021
Fine Arts: Object of Desire
Gate of Light spectacles

In the 17th century, when India’s Mughal Empire had reached its peak in terms of scientific and artistic achievement, a prince commissioned two pairs of spectacles to be made from a diamond weighing 200cts and an emerald weighing 300cts. The first pair, named Halo of Light, had diamond lenses; the second, named the Gate of Life, had lenses consisting of two flat cut emeralds of drop shape form. In the 19th century, both pairs were...

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