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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Pendant

ca.1770-90 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Memorial jewellery to honour the dead is one of the largest categories of 18th- century jewellery to survive. Many mourning jewels have inscriptions that record the name and dates of the dead person.

From 1760 there was a new vogue for memorial medallions or lockets. These became especially popular in Britain, though similar work was produced throughout Europe.

The lockets could be bought ready made, and the designs were standardised. Neo-classical motifs of funerary urns, plinths and obelisks joined the more traditional cherubs, angels and weeping willows. Hair was preserved as curls within the locket, or cut up and used to create designs.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold set with amethysts, inscribed
Brief Description
Enamelled gold mourning pendant in the form of an urn, set with amethysts, England, 1770- 1790
Physical Description
Enamelled gold mourning pendant in the form of an urn, set with amethysts and inscribed with the names: 'Charles/Yeatman/Charles/ Foot'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.2cm
  • Width: 2.1cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Charles/Yeatman/Charles/ Foot' (Inscribed)
  • reverse painted " My soul hath them still in remembrance"
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Production
The label notes that the object was wrongly marked.
Subject depicted
Summary
Memorial jewellery to honour the dead is one of the largest categories of 18th- century jewellery to survive. Many mourning jewels have inscriptions that record the name and dates of the dead person.



From 1760 there was a new vogue for memorial medallions or lockets. These became especially popular in Britain, though similar work was produced throughout Europe.



The lockets could be bought ready made, and the designs were standardised. Neo-classical motifs of funerary urns, plinths and obelisks joined the more traditional cherubs, angels and weeping willows. Hair was preserved as curls within the locket, or cut up and used to create designs.
Collection
Accession Number
M.137-1975

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record createdJuly 22, 2005
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