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Slide

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1704 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with hair, gold wire, enamel and rock crystal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.124-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D1, box 18

This mourning slide (later converted into a brooch) was made to commemorate the death of Sir Andrew Leake RN who served in the Mediterranean during the War of the Spanish Succession. Conforming to the style typical of such pieces it depicts two angels bearing a celestial crown and his cipher or monogram, arranged on a background of woven hair and set under a panel of faceted rock crystal. On the back an inscription records that he was 'kil'd by ye French off of Malaga Augst :13 1704'.

Physical description

Gold slide, converted into a brooch, with two enamelled angels bearing a celestial crown and a cipher embroidered in gold thread on a background of hair, under rock crystal. The back inscribed Sr An: Leake Kil'd by ye French off of Malaga Augt 13th 1704.
Sir Andrew Leake RN served in the Mediterranean during the wars of the Spanish Succession.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1704 (dated)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold with hair, gold wire, enamel and rock crystal

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed Sr An: Leake Kil'd by ye French off of Malaga Augt 13th 1704
The back

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm, Width: 2.7 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Sir Andrew Leake, R.N. served in the Mediterranean during the War of Spanish Succession

Descriptive line

Gold slide, converted into a brooch, with two enamelled angels bearing a celestial crown and a cipher embroidered in gold thread on a background of hair, under rock crystal, the back inscribed, commemorating the death of Sir Andrew Leake R.N., made in England, dated 1704

Materials

Gold; Rock crystal; Enamel; Hair; Gold thread

Subjects depicted

Monograms; Battle; Angels; Crowns (headdresses)

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Death; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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