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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold with painted and hair decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Isobel Baynes

  • Museum number:

    M.56-1950

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D5, box 11

Hair had long been important in sentimental jewellery, but during the 18th century it took on a new prominence. It could now form the centrepiece of a jewel, arranged in complicated motifs or as plain, woven sections. Tiny fragments of hair could even be incorporated into delicate paintings. Some designs were made by professionals, but many women chose to work the hair of loved ones themselves, using gum to secure their creations.

Hair jewels were worn to cherish the living as well as to remember the dead. The survival of many pieces celebrating love and friendship indicate their great social importance.

Physical description

Enamelled gold pendant with a painted flower decorated with hair and the motto Remember me in Italian RICORDATI DE ME. The back set with plaited hair

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold with painted and hair decoration

Marks and inscriptions

motto RICORDATI DE ME

Dimensions

Height: 2.4 cm, Width: 1.5 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold pendant with a painted flower decorated with hair and the motto RICORDATI DE ME ( Remember me ). The back set with plaited hair, England, about 1780

Materials

Gold; Hair; Enamel; Ivory

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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