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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

Ring

ca. 1840 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Sovereigns frequently gave rings with their portrait or cipher to acknowledge loyal service and friendship. This ring bears the cipher of Louis-Philippe of France (reigned 1830-48). He was the last member of the Bourbon monarchy to reign in France. He abdicated during the 1848 Revolution and was replaced by Napoleon III.

The London Magazine of 1840 recorded Louis Philippe presenting a similar ring to the artist Thomas Shotter Boys "This gentleman has recently received a very flattering compliment from the King of the French. Having received from Mr. Boys, the beautiful Work of ' Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent,' &c., just published, his Majesty very handsomely presented to him a splendid brilliant ring, with his cypher, L. P. in diamonds, on a blue enamel shield, bordered with brilliants, and surmounted by a crown of the same precious stones. It was accompanied by a letter, expressing his Majesty's desire that the gift should be received as a souvenir of the gratification which the Work has afforded him. We doubt not that the acknowledged taste of Louis Philippe, and his just appreciation of this unique production, will stimulate lovers of the fine arts to become possessed of so splendid a work."


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold set with rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds
Brief Description
Enamelled gold commemorative ring, set with a rose-cut diamond cipher of King Louis Philippe of France, with a brilliant-cut diamond border, French warranty mark from 1838, France, ca. 1840.
Physical Description
Enamelled gold commemorative ring, set with diamonds. The oval bezel with rose-cut diamond cipher of King Louis Philippe of France (r. 1830-1848) below a crown over blue enamel. With an openwork brilliant-cut diamond border and French warranty mark from 1838.
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.2cm
  • Width: 2.4cm
  • Depth: 2.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • a cipher below a crown (Cipher of King Louis Philippe of France (r. 1830-1848))
  • Mark (French warranty mark from 1838)
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Object history
Historical significance: A presentation ring

The London Magazine of 1840 recorded Louis Philippe presenting a similar ring to the artist Mr Boys "This gentleman has recently received a very flattering compliment from the King of the French. Having received from Mr. Boys, the beautiful Work of ' Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent,' &c., just published, his Majesty very handsomely presented to him a splendid brilliant ring, with his cypher, L. P. in diamonds, on a blue enamel shield, bordered with brilliants, and surmounted by a crown of the same precious stones. It was accompanied by a letter, expressing his Majesty's desire that the gift should be received as a souvenir of the gratification which the Work has afforded him. We doubt not that the acknowledged taste of Louis Philippe, and his just appreciation of this unique production, will stimulate lovers of the fine arts to become possessed of so splendid a work."
Subjects depicted
Summary
Sovereigns frequently gave rings with their portrait or cipher to acknowledge loyal service and friendship. This ring bears the cipher of Louis-Philippe of France (reigned 1830-48). He was the last member of the Bourbon monarchy to reign in France. He abdicated during the 1848 Revolution and was replaced by Napoleon III.



The London Magazine of 1840 recorded Louis Philippe presenting a similar ring to the artist Thomas Shotter Boys "This gentleman has recently received a very flattering compliment from the King of the French. Having received from Mr. Boys, the beautiful Work of ' Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent,' &c., just published, his Majesty very handsomely presented to him a splendid brilliant ring, with his cypher, L. P. in diamonds, on a blue enamel shield, bordered with brilliants, and surmounted by a crown of the same precious stones. It was accompanied by a letter, expressing his Majesty's desire that the gift should be received as a souvenir of the gratification which the Work has afforded him. We doubt not that the acknowledged taste of Louis Philippe, and his just appreciation of this unique production, will stimulate lovers of the fine arts to become possessed of so splendid a work."
Collection
Accession Number
M.154-1962

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