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

Pin

1780-1810 (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 and silver with diamonds
Brief Description
Pin with urn-shaped enamelled gold head, silver set with brilliant-cut diamonds, England,1780-1810
Physical Description
Pin with urn-shaped enamelled gold head, silver, set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Dimensions
  • Height: 6.4cm
  • Width: 1.4cm
  • Depth: 0.8cm
Credit line
Bequeathed by Arthur Penryn Milsted
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.167-1951

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record createdJuly 22, 2005
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