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Massive gold finger-ring set with one diamond and two turquoises on each shoulder and the bezel set with a cornelian intaglio of a profile portrait of George IV. The reverse inscribed. Image middle row on left.
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Height: 2.60 centimetres (intaglio)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 845:
The setting probably by the court jewellers, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. Cut to celebrate the coronation of George IV, which took place on 19 July 1821. A similar intaglio portrait of George IV, identically inscribed and set in a plain gold finger-ring of the same form, from the collection of Sir John Evans, was given to the British Museum by Dame Joan Evans (see Fig.49; Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities [now Prehistory and Europe], 1965, 4-2, 1), with a manuscript note stating that her father believed it to be the work of Pistrucci, an attribution which is accepted by Forrer (1904-30, IV, p.615). It should be noted that Sir John Evans was already thirty-one years old at the time of Pistrucci's death, and was a serious antiquary throughout the whole of his life. It is instructive to compare the image with that on the signed medal by Pistrucci, 844, and with the cameo of the same subject, 899. For Rundell, Bridge & Rundell see 390. (Charlotte Gere)
Text from Ward, Cherry et al , 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century', London 1981, no.284.
The massive gold hoop of this ring is set with turquoises and diamonds, and the bezel is set with a carnelian intaglio portrait-head in profile of George IV (1762-1830), cut to celebrate his coronation, probably by or after a model by Pistrucci. The setting was possibly done by the royal goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell who also issued the gold coronation medal designed by Pistrucci (An exactly similar ring from the Sir John Evans Collections was given to the British Museum by Dame Joan Evans with a manuscript note stating that her father believed the intaglio to be by Pistrucci.) The inscription on the reverse of the bezel reads: GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA BRITT REX MDCCCXXI ('George IV, by the grace of God king of Britain, 1821')..
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Coronation of George IV
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.393 (masterlist number)