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Ring

Ring

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Murphy, Harry George, born 1884 - died 1939 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the diamonds in a textured setting.

  • Museum number:

    M.229-1977

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf A, box 9

Physical description

Ring, platinum set with diamonds, the three brilliants arranged vertically with a large one in the centre, stepped shoulders.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1932 (made)

Artist/maker

Murphy, Harry George, born 1884 - died 1939 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the diamonds in a textured setting.

Marks and inscriptions

No marks

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.8 cm

Object history note

The diamonds were taken from the engagement ring of Ann Stringer Dawson in 1912. She married James Arden Grant (1885-1973) in December 1913.

James Arden Grant was a member of the Royal Society of British Portrait Painters, the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, and was also President of the Pastel Society from 1945 for some years. When he had the ring remounted in 1932, he was teaching part time at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, of which he became Vice Principal. H.G. Murphy was Principal of the School when James Grant asked him to reset his wife's engagement ring in a more fashionable manner.

Ian Grant (the vendor) was a distinguished architect, a committe member of the Victorian Society and the son of J.A. Grant. He brought in his mother's ring as part of the Museum's appeal for Art Deco jewellery.

Goldsmiths' Company Exhibition RF.2004/844

Descriptive line

Platinum set with diamonds, London 1932, designed and made by H.G. Murphy.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shirley Bury, An Introduction to Rings, London, HMSO 1984, p.43, pl.47. ISBN: 0112904106
Church, Rachel, Rings, London, V&A Publishing/ Thames and Hudson, 2017, cat. 131, p.105

Materials

Platinum; Diamonds

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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