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

Mourning Ring

ca. 1787 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This ring and its pair are inscribed 'Cease thy tears, religion points on high/ CS ob.25 Jan 1787 aet 70/ IS ob. 18 Sep 1792 aet 72'.They are mourning rings, possibly for a couple with the initials CS and IS who died aged 70 and 72. On the front of the ring, a vase of drooping gem-set flowers symbolises mourning.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold set with rose-cut diamonds, rubies, emeralds and amethysts
Brief Description
Gold mourning ring, set with rose-cut diamonds, rubies, emeralds and amethysts. England, about 1787.
Physical Description
Gold mourning ring, set with rose-cut diamonds and coloured pastes. The oval bezel bordered by amethyst pastes. At the centre a silver vase of flowers on a white ground. Inscribed behind Cease/ thy/ tears/ Religion/ points on high/ CS.. ob..25 Jan:/ 1787.aet. 70/ IS.ob..18 Sep:/ 1792./ aet:72..
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.5cm
  • Width: 2.1cm
  • Depth: 3.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Cease/ thy/ tears/ Religion/ points on high/ CS.. ob..25 Jan:/ 1787.aet. 70/ IS.ob..18 Sep:/ 1792./ aet:72. (inscription)
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Subjects depicted
Summary
This ring and its pair are inscribed 'Cease thy tears, religion points on high/ CS ob.25 Jan 1787 aet 70/ IS ob. 18 Sep 1792 aet 72'.They are mourning rings, possibly for a couple with the initials CS and IS who died aged 70 and 72. On the front of the ring, a vase of drooping gem-set flowers symbolises mourning.
Associated Object
Collection
Accession Number
M.164-1962

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record createdApril 24, 2006
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