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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, viory, watercolour with a painted portrait and hair

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D4, box 3

Not all sentimental jewellery is associated with death. Some pieces express love, friendship and devotion for the living or act as a visual keepsake. A portrait minature like this, of a young woman, might be a token of a very personal nature, as in a likeness, or emblematic of a more general sentimental fashion.

Physical description

Gold clasp set with ivory and painted in watercolour with a portrait of a woman, a spaniel at her elbow. A plait of hair is inserted at the back.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1790-1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, viory, watercolour with a painted portrait and hair


Height: 4 cm, Width: 3 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Descriptive line

Gold clasp, ivory painted with watercolour of a portrait of a woman, reverse plaited hair, England,1790-1810


Gold; Hair; Ivory; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Women; Portraits; Spaniel (dog)


Jewellery; Metalwork; Portraits


Metalwork Collection

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