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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Slide

ca. 1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold slide decorated with gold, enamel gold thread, hair and foil
Brief Description
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
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
Dimensions
  • Height: 2cm
  • Width: 2.2cm
  • Depth: 0.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • I Rest (inscription)
  • MT (initialled, cartouche)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Frank Ward
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.14-1960

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record createdJuly 18, 2006
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