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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold set with plaited hair

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.123-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D6, box 4

The Victorians continued the custom of using hair jewellery in gifts of love and remembrance. Queen Victoria both wore and gave jewellery set with hair. Hair curls were set in more modest mounts than before.

Physical description

Gold locket, the frame edged with a serpent enclosing a drooping rose bush and a butterfly in enamelled gold on a background of plaited hair, surrounded by the inscription La Rose Flétrie le Papillon s'Envole ( translated as The rose withers, the butterfly flies away and I snapped it, it fell to the ground. Engraved on the backAnd such I exclaim'd is the pitiless part, some art by the delicate Mind, Regardless of Wringing and Breaking a Heart, already to sorrow resigned.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1810 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold set with plaited hair

Marks and inscriptions

La Rose Flétrie le Papillon s'Envole
inscription around the edge

I snapped it, it fell to the ground
inscription around the edge

And such I exclaim'd is the pitiless part, some art by the delicate Mind, Regardless of Wringing and Breaking a Heart, already to sorrow resigned
engraved on the back

Dimensions

Height: 4.8 cm, Width: 3.7 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Inscribed gold locket, the frame edged with a serpent enclosing a drooping rose bush and a butterfly in enamelled gold on a background of hair, surrounded by the inscription, England, ca.1810.

Materials

Gold; Human hair; Enamel

Subjects depicted

Rose bush; Butterfly; Serpents (animal)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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