- Museum number
Gold finger-ring set with a small ruby, enamelled in white and translucent green with touches of red, with a pair of billing doves. Motto inscribed. Image at bottom of first group picture.
- Production date
Width: 1.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 306:
Probably made to be a betrothal gift. Charlotte Gere (1981, pp. 110-11), illustrates a closely related design by Maria, a Parisian jeweller, published in Paris, c. 1765. The ring appears to be contemporary with the design and a rare survival in this fragile medium. (Charlotte Gere)
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl. 234.
The shape of this ring - the bezel is composed of two billing doves - follows the published design by Maria (Pl. 235), a Parisian jeweller, so closely as to suggest it was made in France soon after the publication of the pattern book. In spite of its fragility, the ring has survived in perfect condition, a rare example of the modest but exquisite eighteenth century enamelled betrothal rings.
- On display (G46/dc22)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Original invoice for £145 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 31.7.1973, described as 'Antique French enamel ring'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.213 (masterlist number)