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  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, seed pearls and mother of pearl under glass

  • Museum number:

    926-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D3, box 10

Memorial jewellery to honour the dead is one of the largest categories of 18th- century jewellery to survive. Many mourning jewels have inscriptions that record the name and dates of the dead person.

From 1760 there was a new vogue for memorial medallions or lockets. These became especially popular in Britain, though similar work was produced throughout Europe.

The lockets could be bought ready made, and the designs were standardised. Neo-classical motifs of funerary urns, plinths and obelisks joined the more traditional cherubs, angels and weeping willows. Hair was preserved as curls within the locket, or cut up and used to create designs.

Physical description

Locket with an enamelled gold frame, with enamel decoration enclosing a composition of an urn in gold, seed pearls and mother of pearl under glass

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)

Date

1775-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, seed pearls and mother of pearl under glass

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Descriptive line

Locket with an enamelled gold frame, with enamel decoration enclosing a composition of an urn in gold, seed pearls and mother of pearl under glass, possibly France, 1775-1800

Materials

Gold; Seed pearls; Mother of pearl; Glass; Enamel

Subjects depicted

Urns

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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