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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold ring set with a watercolour on ivory silhouette and on the back, a panel of woven hair under glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.174-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 12, shelf A, box 14

This ring, which closely resembles contemporary mourning rings, is inscribed in French around the bezel, 'I cherish even her shadow'. Love and mourning rings could share the same language. A ring with a silhouette and plaited hair such as this could have been a romantic gift or a mourning ring.

Physical description

Enamelled gold ring, the oval bezel set with a silhouette of a woman with a locket of hair under the bezel. The border inscribed JE CHERIS JUSQU'A SON OMBRE. A French import mark from 1864 on the hoop.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold ring set with a watercolour on ivory silhouette and on the back, a panel of woven hair under glass

Marks and inscriptions

JE CHERIS JUSQU'A SON OMBRE
'I cherish even her shadow'
inscription on the border

Mark
the hoop; French import mark from 1864

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm, Width: 2.1 cm, Depth: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold ring, the oval bezel set with a silhouette of a woman with a locket of hair under the bezel. The border inscribed JE CHERIS JUSQU'A SON OMBRE. A French import mark from 1864 on the hoop, France or England, ca. 1780.

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

Deloche, Maximin La bague en France a travers l'histoire, Paris, 1929, p. 45, fig. 112

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Ivory; Hair; Glass

Techniques

Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Love; Women; Silhouettes

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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