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Mourning ring with miniature painting

1977.21 (RS196440)

Description

Gold marquise-shaped mourning ring with foliate bright work engraving on band and reverse, center set with a miniature painting on ivory of two women standing on either side of an urn on a plinth, gold bead border surrounds miniature.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1782
Inscriptions
"Thomas / Roberts / obiit / 24 Maii / 1782 / Aetatis / 25" (Engraved)
Material
engraving (printing process)
gold (metal)
human hair
ivory (tooth component)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
engraving (printing process)
gold (metal)
human hair
ivory (tooth component)
miniatures (paintings)
mourning
mourning rings
Neoclassical
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
1 1/8 x 5/8 (HxW), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1977.21
Credit Line
Gift of Helen Howe Allen
GUSN
101444
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Reference Notes
For an overview of miniature paintings in New England, see Shusan, Elle, "Tokens of Sorrow: New England Portrait Miniatures and Mourning Jewelry," in The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England, ed. D. Brenton Simons and Peter Benes (2002): 127-143; and Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America: 1600-1900," (1995): 83-97.
Related Items
Title Cameo Silhouette Accession number 1977.10 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. Reginald Allen:
Title Silhouette pendant Accession number 1977.19
Title Watch fob seal Accession number 1977.20
Title Mourning ring Accession number 1977.21
Title Ring Accession number 1977.22.1
Title Ring Accession number 1977.22.2

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