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  • Pendant
    Traquair, Phoebe Anna, born 1852 - died 1936
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  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (made)

  • Date:

    1902 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Traquair, Phoebe Anna, born 1852 - died 1936 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamel with foil on copper, set in gold, with an enamel tear drop

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs H. V. Bartholomew

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125, Edwin and Susan Davies Gallery, case 1

Object Type
The gold frame is in the form of a lobed quatrefoil with four flat trefoils protruding over the enamel. The pendant is suspended from a plain gold loop. An enamelled drop is suspended from the base.

Subjects Depicted
An angel holds the chalice of the Holy Grail, painted with a red cross, 'to show you lose yourself to gain yourself', as Phoebe Traquair once wrote to Percy nobbs, a friend of her son. This was an image that Traquair used and reworked frequently. It first appeared in a mural for a Scottish mortuary chapel in the 1880s with the title, 'Can ye drink of the Cup that I have drunk of?'

Materials & Making
Phoebe Traquair used translucent enamels which enabled the metallic ground to reflect light back through the glass, adding luminosity. This technique was developed to the highest level in 14th-century France and is generally known as basse taille.

Historical Associations
Traquair produced several pieces of enamel for friends but most of her work was sent to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in London where she sold about 30 pieces in 1903 and another 10 in 1906. Records suggest that she made around 150 enamelled works in her lifetime.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (made)


1902 (made)


Traquair, Phoebe Anna, born 1852 - died 1936 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamel with foil on copper, set in gold, with an enamel tear drop

Marks and inscriptions

Painted on the back, in black:
'The / Love Cup / the initials 'PAT' (for Phoebe Anna Traquair) in monogramme and the date '1902' / 2'

The frame engraved 'JOHNSON LTD DUBLIN'


Height: 7.3 cm, Width: 4.3 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Object history note

Designed and made by Phoebe Anna Traquair (born in Dublin, 1852, died in Edinburgh, 1936)
Made in Edinburgh

Descriptive line

The Love Cup

Labels and date

British Galleries:

Medieval and Renaissance jewellery, triptychs, caskets and mounted cups and covers inspired Phoebe Traquair's enamel work. She used historical forms and techniques, often mixed with classical and mythological design sources. The enamelled plaques relate the story of Persephone, daughter of the Greek goddess of nature. The figures, flowers and insects represent spring. [27/03/2003]


Jewellery; Christianity; Scotland; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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