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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1675 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, over painted blue foil on silver with wax thread

  • Museum number:

    M.50-1967

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D1, box 7

Each of the individual square panels of this necklace is set with a blue foil which has been painted with a symbol representing love or mortality.

These include a skull and crossbones; initials EJ beneath a coronet; a putto holding leaves; a cornucopia; two cherubs with a flaming heart; a skeleton on a tomb inscribed At Rest; a dolphin; an angel with two crosses; a crowned lion; a winged skull; a bull; the sun, moon and stars; a lyre and butterfly; flowers; clasped hands with a heart; a skull above a crown with inscriptions GLORIA and VANITAS; a putto with a lance; an elephant's head and trident; a sea animal in a shell.

Books of emblems and devices had been current since the Renaissance and such symbols were widely understood and used at the time.

Physical description

Necklace composed of glass, over blue foil, painted with devices in white, on silver backings strung with wax thread. The devices are: a skull and crossbones; initials EJ beneath a coronet; a putto holding leaves; a cornucopia; two cherubs with a flaming heart; a skeleton on a tomb inscribed At Rest; a dolphin; an angel with two crosses; a crowned lion; a winged skull; a bull; the sun, moon and stars; a lyre and butterfly; initials EJ beneath a coronet; flowers; clasped hands with a heart; a skull above a crown with inscriptions GLORIA and VANITAS; a putto with a lance; an elephant's head and trident; a sea animal in a shell.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1650-1675 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glass, over painted blue foil on silver with wax thread

Marks and inscriptions

'EJ'
initials beneath a coronet

'At Rest'
inscription, tomb

'GLORIA'
inscription

'VANITAS'

Dimensions

Height: 1.2 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace composed of glass, over blue foil, painted with devices in white, on silver backings strung on wax thread, England, 1650-1675

Materials

Glass; Silver; Foil; Thread

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Lyres; Hearts (motifs); Skull (skeleton component); Lances; Skeleton; Sun; Tridents; Crowns (headdresses); Leaves; Stars; Putti; Shell; Angels; Bulls (animal); Mourning; Coronets (crowns); Flowers; Lion (animal); Elephants; Moon; Hands; Wings; Cross; Cornucopia; Sea creatures; Flames; Dolphin (animal); Tombs; Butterfly

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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