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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jahn, A. C. C., born 1865 - died 1947 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chased gold set with an opal

  • Credit Line:

    Jahn Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf A, box 1

The curving lines and flowing hair of this female figure clearly show the influence of the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil movement on British jewellery design. It was designed and made by Albert Christian Carl Jahn (1865-1947) who was born in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, the son of Ludwig Louis Hartmann Adalbert Jahn, a ceramic painter and art director of the Minton China Works.

Albert Jahn won two gold medals in National Competitions as a teenage student at the Hanley School of Art, leading to a scholarship which allowed him to study at the National Art Training Schools (Royal College of Art). He won a travelling scholarship which gave him the opportunity to travel in mainland Europe and be exposed to the wider currents of art. After leaving art school, he became headmaster of the Wolverhampton Municipal School of Art and Crafts, a post which he held until 1905. In 1905, he moved to Sheffield where he became the principal of the Sheffield School of Art, one of the group of schools set up in industrial areas under the direction of the Department of Science and Art to provide artistic training for designers in industry. He died at his home in Dulwich, London on March 10, 1947.

This ring is part of a group of 7 art jewels by Jahn which were bequeathed to the museum by his wife Eliza Maria Jahn (neé Hunt) who died just a few months after him on 21 November 1947.

Physical description

Gold ring with a shaped bezel in the form of a female figure at the side of an opal

Place of Origin

England (made)


1901 (made)


Jahn, A. C. C., born 1865 - died 1947 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Chased gold set with an opal


Height: 2.2 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 2.1 cm

Descriptive line

Gold ring with a shaped bezel in the form of a female figure holding an opal, designed and made by A C C Jahn. England, 1901

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

'Albert Carl Christian Jahn', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1225119505, accessed 05 Feb 2019]


Gold; Opal

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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