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Necklace with fitted folio case - Natura Morta

Natura Morta

  • Object:

    Necklace with fitted folio case

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (Hallmarked in London, made)

  • Date:

    2016 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Royds, Christopher Thompson (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamel and rose-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger

  • Museum number:

    M.26:1,2-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 45, shelf C, box 1 []

Christopher Thompson Royd's 'Natura morta' necklace captures the fragility and beauty of individual flowers while playing with ideas of mortality. Each necklace starts with the real flowers, picked and pressed, the outlines of which are then drawn on very thin pieces of gold sheet. These delicate outlines are layered and bound together with very fine gold wire, echoing the actions of a florist or gardener. Their vivid colouring is captured with enamel paint.

His work draws inspiration from both the Thracian funerary wreaths of 4th century BC with their life-like gold flowers , and the archive of pressed flowers that is the Hans Sloane Herbarium at the Natural History Museum. In a homage to Sloane, the necklace is presented in a marbled folio box.

Physical description

The necklace resembles a wreath of pressed flowers. Multiple poppy stems of flattened gold are wired together at intervals, a delicate layering which conveys movement and depth. Their outlines are varied by foliate detailing along their length, and each terminates in either a seed pod, bud or richly-painted red flower. Eight poppies are clustered at the front of the necklace, amongst which a small magnetic clasp is hidden. Eleven small rose-cut diamonds are irregularly spaced, set as dew on both stems and petals.
The folio case is covered in brown marbled paper with a black ribbon tie.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (Hallmarked in London, made)

Date

2016 (made)

Artist/maker

Royds, Christopher Thompson (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamel and rose-cut diamonds

Marks and inscriptions

'CTR' and London hallmark for 18 carat gold on the back of one of the central poppies

Dimensions

Height: 165 mm necklace, Width: 156 mm necklace, Depth: 4 mm necklace, Height: 375 mm case, Width: 281 mm case, Depth: 17 mm case

Object history note

The necklace was shown in the Contemporary Applied Arts exhibition ‘Bloomin Jewels’ ( 2017) curated by Corinne Julius.

Descriptive line

Necklace, poppies of gold, enamel and diamonds, designed and made by Christopher Thompson Royds, the Netherlands 2016
Folio case covered with marbled paper made for Christopher Thompson Royds' poppies necklace

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond

Subjects depicted

Mortality

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Botanical art

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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