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Slide

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold slide decorated with gold, enamel gold thread, hair and foil

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Frank Ward

  • Museum number:

    M.14-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D1, box 13

Jewels commemorating the dead were widely worn in the decades around 1700. Stark imagery such as skeletons, skulls and winged hourglasses were frequently used. In this case a skeleton lies on a coffin inscribed 'I rest' while two angels hold the deceased's initials - MT - in gold wire aloft. The background is a panel of woven hair, while the decorative elements were produced as standard components in stamped and enamelled gold.

The slide was a very popular type of jewel at this date. Fitted with two flat loops at the back, a ribbon of silk or woven hair would be threaded through enabling it to be worn around the neck or wrist.

Physical description

Gold slide, with an enamelled skeleton on a coffin inscribed I Rest and two gold angels supporting a cartouche with the initials MT embroidered in gold thread on a background of hair and foil, under rock crystal

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold slide decorated with gold, enamel gold thread, hair and foil

Marks and inscriptions

I Rest
inscription

MT
initialled, cartouche

Dimensions

Height: 2 cm, Width: 2.2 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Gold slide, with an enamelled skeleton on a coffin inscribed I Rest and two angels supporting a cartouche with the initials MT embroidered in gold thread on a background of hair and foil, under rock crystal, made in England, about 1700

Materials

Gold; Gold thread; Enamel; Rock crystal; Foil

Subjects depicted

Angels; Memento mori; Cartouches; Skeleton; Coffins

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Death; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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