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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. 1775 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Rings set with portrait miniatures of the sovereign were popular and widely distributed. The most expensive included finely painted miniatures, gemstones or carved cameos or intaglios but cheaper alternatives were made for a wider market.

James Tassie (1735-99) and the chemist Dr Quinn developed a glass paste that could successfully imitate antique cameos and was also used to create modern gems. The portrait of George III has the fine detailing of a cameo but at the lower cost of a Tassie paste.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Gold set with a paste cameo
Brief description
Gold ring, the oval bezel set with a Tassie paste cameo of King George III (1738-1820), England, about 1775.
Physical description
Gold ring, the oval bezel set with a Tassie paste cameo of King George III (1738-1820)
Dimensions
  • Height: 2cm
  • Width: 1.9cm
  • Depth: 2.3cm
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Object history
Royal collections ring with Tassie paste on red ground - RCIN 4231. A diamond set Tassie ring of George III sold at Christies in 1995 for £890.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Rings set with portrait miniatures of the sovereign were popular and widely distributed. The most expensive included finely painted miniatures, gemstones or carved cameos or intaglios but cheaper alternatives were made for a wider market.



James Tassie (1735-99) and the chemist Dr Quinn developed a glass paste that could successfully imitate antique cameos and was also used to create modern gems. The portrait of George III has the fine detailing of a cameo but at the lower cost of a Tassie paste.
Collection
Accession number
M.149-1962

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Record createdJuly 13, 2006
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