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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1912 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ware, Edmund, born 1883 - died 1960 (designer)
    Ware, Edmund, born 1883 - died 1960 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with a cabochon sapphire and brilliant-cut diamonds

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf A, box 5

According to the donor, Margaret Reade, her father the sculptor Edmund Ware (1883-1960) designed and made this ring as an engagement present for his future bride Theodora Margaret Lancaster (1885-1977). Mrs Reade suggested that the ring was made for their engagement in 1912. The marriage then took place sometime between October and December 1914 in Kensington, London.

Edmund Ware studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London and taught goldsmithing and jewellery at the Central School of Art and Design from September 1905 to June 1940. In 1910 he exhibited numerous works at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society Ninth Exhibition. He was listed as 'Artist, Sculptor' in the Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 and his place of employment as '52 Doughty Street, WC.

He moved into sculpture after the Second World War and eventually became Vice-President of the Sculptors Society.

Physical description

Gold ring, the bezel set with a cabachon sapphire flanked by six brilliant-cut diamonds in separate raised collets, with traceried shoulders

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1912 (made)


Ware, Edmund, born 1883 - died 1960 (designer)
Ware, Edmund, born 1883 - died 1960 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold with a cabochon sapphire and brilliant-cut diamonds


Height: 2.4 cm, Width: 1.9 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Object history note

Margaret Reade (1916-2004), the daughter of Edmund Ware and Theodora Lancaster, was a painter and lithographer. She married Brian Reade who was Assistant Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the V&A. Her lithograph 'The blue skirt' is in the collection of the British Council.

Descriptive line

Gold ring, the bezel set with a cabochon sapphire flanked by six brilliant-cut diamonds, by Edmund Ware, England, about 1912.

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

Edmund Thomas Wyatt Ware', 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=msib2_1208276253, accessed 18 Jun 2018]


Gold; Sapphire; Diamond



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Marriage


Metalwork Collection

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