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Mourning pendant

Mourning pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    painted ivory, gold, diamonds, enamel, pearls and hair

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.20-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In style and materials this pendant is typical of mourning jewellery made at the end of the Eighteenth Century. The inscription on the altar: 'SAC'D WILL I KEEP THEIR DEAR REMAINS' indicates that it commemorates more than one death, and the two cherubs ascending heaven-wards, suggest that may have been made for a mother grieving for the loss of two children.

Physical description

Marquise-shaped pendant. The central painted ivory depicts a woman grieving by an altar on which is an urn made of hair. Above, two winged cherubs support a crown. The scene has a frame of deep blue enamel set at intervals with diamonds, and edged with half pearls. On the reverse the gold has decoratively-engraved borders and a central panel of woven hair under glass. The pendant has a diamond-set loop and a vertical pin fastening.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

painted ivory, gold, diamonds, enamel, pearls and hair

Marks and inscriptions

unmarked

SAC'D WILL I KEEP THEIR DEAR REMAINS
Inscribed on the altar

Dimensions

Height: 55 mm, Width: 26 mm, Depth: 11.5 mm

Descriptive line

Marquise-shaped, a glazed scene of a tomb painted on ivory, framed in half-pearls and diamonds on a blue enamel ground; hair locket on reverse. Britain, late 18th century.

Materials

Ivory; Gold; Diamonds; Pearls; Enamel; Hair

Subjects depicted

Urn; Cherubs; Mourning

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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