- Museum number
Finger-ring; n gold with the bezel inset with a carved ivory scene of three figures at a well on a blue background under glass.
- Production date
Height: 1.65 centimetres (bezel)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 192:
Signed examples of miniature works exist in the Bullock collection, which was bequeathed to the Bristol Museum in 1918, and in the Holborne of Menstrie Museum in Bath (see Stanton 1935). (Charlotte Gere).
Supplement to catalogue entry:
Two rings, scenes of figures at a well in a landscape, under glass, set in gold and diamonds, probably by the German Sebastian Hess. The large ring (190) shows Christ with the Woman of Samaria. The smaller (192) shows a woman and two men. Superstitions attached to wells since antiquity were still current in the 18th century.
For information about Sebastian Hess see the article 'Meisterwerke filigraner Schnitzkunst' by P.W. Hartmann from DIE KUNST, 12/1986. Also 'herrliche Arbeiten des beruhmten Hess' by Peter Volk from Kunst & Antiquitäten, IV 1987. (Charlotte Gere).
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.265.
This ring is executed in finely undercut carving, unlike the memorial carvings that are usually executed in shallow relief to allow the scene to be laid over a ground of woven hairwork. The bezel of this ring is bordered with diamonds and ornamented with a miniature ivory carving of a pastoral scene under glass. It seems, stylistically, to relate to a very fine group of carved pastoral scenes used to ornament French boxes in the late eighteenth century. Maxmin Deloche, in 'La Bague en France, a travers l'histoire' attributes to the workshop of Guiseppe-Maria Bonzanigo a ring of typically French taste with the bezel enclosing a scene of this same type in minutely carved ivory.
(This comment was also written by Charlotte Gere)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Harvey & Gore, 4 Burlington Gardens, London W1. Original invoice for £150 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 13.7.1972, described as 'Late 18th C. ring, the centre inset with carved ivory scene of figures at the well'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.622 (masterlist number)