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Engagement tablets

  • Place of origin:

    Geneva (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1842 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bury Frères (suppliers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory tablets with tortoiseshell covers mounted in gold, set with miniatures

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Sir Bernard Eckstein

  • Museum number:

    M.45:1 to 4-1948

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This set of engagement tablets was a present from the French royal family to Hélène, Duchess of Orleans, after the death of her husband, the Duke of Orleans, who was killed in 1842. He was the oldest of the five sons of Louis Philippe, King of the French and Queen Marie-Amélie. Their portraits are on the covers. On the inside of the covers are portraits of their four younger sons, together with the wife of one of the sons.

Physical description

Ivory engagement tablets with tortoiseshell covers mounted in gold, set with miniatures of King Louis-Philippe and Queen Marie-Amélie of France. Inside are four miniatures of their younger sons and the wife of one of them, signed 'Bury Frères A Genève'.

Place of Origin

Geneva (made)

Date

ca. 1842 (made)

Artist/maker

Bury Frères (suppliers)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory tablets with tortoiseshell covers mounted in gold, set with miniatures

Marks and inscriptions

'Bury Frères A Genève'.
Maker's signature

Object history note

Formerly the propety of Hélène Louise Elizabeth, Duchesse d'Orléans, widow of Louis Philippe's eldest son, who died in an accident in 1842.

Descriptive line

Ivory engagement tablets with tortoiseshell covers mounted in gold, set with miniatures of King Louis-Philippe and Queen Marie-Amélie of France, signed 'Bury Frères A Genève', Switzerland, Geneva, about 1842

Materials

Ivory; Tortoiseshell; Gold

Categories

Jewellery; Tools & Equipment; Metalwork; Royalty; Marriage

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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