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1780-1820 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Rings with oval or shuttle-shaped bezels, also called navette or marquise, became fashionable at the end of the 18th century as part of the trend called neo-classicism.

This marquise ring is set with glass pastes in a delicate floral pattern. The stones would have shone like diamonds when the ring was first made, but the metallic foil which was placed under each stone to make it shine has degraded, leaving them a soft grey in colour.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Gold set with clear pastes
Brief description
Gold ring with oval pierced bezel set with grey pastes, Valencia (Spain), 1780-1820.
Physical description
Gold ring with a pierced oval bezel of a floral spray of clear pastes in a matching border with a flower in the centre. The backs of all the stones are engraved with lines. The stones are set in closed mounts over foil, but most of the foils have decayed, leaving a dull impression.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 2.2cm
  • Height: 3.3cm
Height of bezel
Summary
Rings with oval or shuttle-shaped bezels, also called navette or marquise, became fashionable at the end of the 18th century as part of the trend called neo-classicism.



This marquise ring is set with glass pastes in a delicate floral pattern. The stones would have shone like diamonds when the ring was first made, but the metallic foil which was placed under each stone to make it shine has degraded, leaving them a soft grey in colour.

Collection
Accession number
204-1864

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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