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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Tyrol (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1725-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled copper

  • Museum number:

    1003-1871

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 12, shelf A, box 22

This pretty enamel ring is painted with figures of musicians, dancers and card players on a white background. The fragility of enamel, which would easily chip when worn on the finger, suggests that it was made to be worn infrequently or as a collector's piece to keep in a cabinet.

This ring forms part of a collection of 760 rings and engraved gems from the collection of Edmund Waterton (1830-87). Waterton was one of the foremost ring collectors of the nineteenth century and was the author of several articles on rings, a book on English devotion to the Virgin Mary and an unfinished catalogue of his collection (the manuscript is now the National Art Library). Waterton was noted for his extravagance and financial troubles caused him to place his collection in pawn with the London jeweller Robert Phillips. When he was unable to repay the loan, Phillips offered to sell the collection to the Museum and it was acquired in 1871. A small group of rings which Waterton had held back were acquired in 1899.

Physical description

Enamelled copper ring with a broad hoop, with painted enamel scenes of three musicians, a man and woman dancing, three gamblers and two other revellers

Place of Origin

Tyrol (probably, made)

Date

1725-1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled copper

Dimensions

Depth: 1.4 cm, Diameter: 2.4 cm

Object history note

ex Waterton Collection

Descriptive line

Enamelled copper ring with a broad hoop, with painted enamel scenes of three musicians, a man and woman dancing, three gamblers and two other revellers, probably Tyrol, Austria. About 1725-75.

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

Oman, Charles, Catalogue of rings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1930, reprinted Ipswich, 1993, p. 135, cat. 957
Chadour, Beatriz, Rings: the Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Leeds, 1994, Vol. I, p. 228, cat. 742
Bury, Shirley, Jewellery Gallery Summary Catalogue (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982), 34/I/4

Materials

Copper; Enamel

Subjects depicted

Dancers; Musicians

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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