- Museum number
Gold finger-ring set with an onyx cameo of a profile portrait head of George IV with an engraved signature. Image middle row on right.
- Production date
- 1821 (circa)
Height: 2.90 centimetres (cameo)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 899:
Possibly by Benedetto Pistrucci, who cut a portrait of George IV to celebrate the coronation in 1821. (see also 845). (Charlotte Gere)
See 'Jewellery 1789-1910' by Shirley Bury 1991, vol. I, p 81, pl.33 & n.18.
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.285.
Cut to celebrate the coronation of George IV, this gold ring has an onyx-cameo portrait-head of George IV in profile, engraved on the reverse:GEORGIUS IV D.G. BRIT. REX MDCCCXXI. ('George IV by the grace of god king of Britain 1821'). It is a fine example of one of a number of cameo versions of this portrait (Pl. 284), possibly from a model by Pistrucci. The cameo portrait of George IV signed by Pistrucci is cut in higher relief and corresponds much more closely to the medallic portraits that he designed.
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number