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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

Slide

ca. 1700-1725 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The symbolic representations of love used in this jewel - clasped hands and a heart aflame - were widely used and understood in the 17th century. Such elements were produced as standard components for jewellery - stamped out and then often enamelled.

The slide was a very popular type of jewel at this date. Fitted with two flat loops at the back, a ribbon of silk or woven hair would be threaded through enabling it to be worn around the neck or wrist.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold, with silver, set with pearls and with hair under glass
Brief Description
Gold slide, with silver, set with pearls enclosing an enamelled device of clasped hands and a flaming heart mounted on hair, under glass, made in England, about 1700-1725
Physical Description
Gold slide, with silver, set with pearls enclosing an enamelled device of clasped hands and a flaming heart mounted on hair, under glass
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.2cm
  • Width: 2.4cm
  • Depth: 1cm
Credit line
Given by Miss Anna Newton
Subjects depicted
Summary
The symbolic representations of love used in this jewel - clasped hands and a heart aflame - were widely used and understood in the 17th century. Such elements were produced as standard components for jewellery - stamped out and then often enamelled.



The slide was a very popular type of jewel at this date. Fitted with two flat loops at the back, a ribbon of silk or woven hair would be threaded through enabling it to be worn around the neck or wrist.
Collection
Accession Number
1634-1903

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record createdJuly 18, 2006
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