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Slide

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, with silver, set with pearls and with hair under glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Anna Newton

  • Museum number:

    1634-1903

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D1, box 4

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.

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

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1700-1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, with silver, set with pearls and with hair under glass

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Gold; Pearl; Hair; Silver; Glass

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Love; Hearts (motifs); Flames; Hands

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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