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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamelled and set with table-cut diamonds, an emerald and rubies

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.231-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 8, shelf D, box 1

Physical description

Gold ring, the bezel in the form of a bust of a black man dressed as a Venetian carnival figure, enamelled and set with table-cut diamonds, an emerald and rubies, on a pivot holding the two hoops together. The latter enamelled outside and inscribed inside 'TAL QVAL ME MIRI, IO FVI SEMPRE PER TE'.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamelled and set with table-cut diamonds, an emerald and rubies

Marks and inscriptions

'TAL QVAL ME MIRI, IO FVI SEMPRE PER TE'
'To you I have always been as I saw myself'
inscription on the inside

Dimensions

Height: 2.7 cm, Width: 2.1 cm, Depth: 2.1 cm

Object history note

Though not a proper gimmel ring, as the bezel does not divide, this specimen is clearly inspired by the gimmel type.

Descriptive line

Gold ring, the bezel in the form of a Venetian carnival figure, enamelled and set with table-cut diamonds, an emerald and rubies, with two hoops pivoted together, inscribed inside 'TAL QVAL ME MIRI, IO FVI SEMPRE PER TE' (to you I have always been as I saw myself), Italy, 1650-1700.

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Emerald; Ruby; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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