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Given by Dame Joan Evans
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Jewellery, room 91, case 23, shelf C, box 2
Enamelled with roses and daisies, this ring was a charming lover's gift. The little hinged panels set around the hoop open to reveal the French inscriptions: 'I love you a little, a lot, passionately and not at all', based on a game played by plucking the petals from a daisy. In the traditional language of flowers, roses symbolised love and daisies, innocence.
The idea of hinged panels was also used by the Parisian jeweller Jean Baptiste Fossin (1786-1848) who created a ring for the Duchesse de Fitz-James combining lockets of hair under panels bearing the initials of her six children.
Gold ring, enamelled with sprigs. A small hinged lid around the circumference conceals amatory mottoes beginning 'JE T'AIME'.
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'JE T'AIME passionement'; JE T'AIME pas du tout; JE T'AIM u[n peu]; JE T'AIME[beau]coup 'I love you passionately,' I don't love you at all; I love you a little; I love you a lot
Depth: 0.6 cm, Diameter: 2 cm
Object history note
Ex Sir John Evans and Mrs C J Longman Collections.
Similar rings are illustrated in Anna-Beatriz Chadour 'Rings: the Alice and Louis Koch collection', cat. 1476 and cat. 1482. A closely related ring in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris has hallmarks for 1828. 'Historic Rings' by Diana Scarisbrick illustrates a similar ring which bears mourning rather than love inscriptions (cat.404). A similar ring with blue enamelled flowers and panels spelling out 'Souvenir' was sold by Christie's South Kensington, 9 October 2012 from the Jurgen Abeler Collection. See also Christie's 'Jewellery, Antique Jewels and Rings', 2 October 1991, lot. 378.
Gold ring, enamelled with sprigs. A small hinged lid around the circumference conceals amatory mottoes beginning 'JE T'AIME', France, 1830-60.
Love; Floral sprays