- Museum number
Gold finger-ring with seed-pearls, in the form of a spray of flowers, on a base of mother-of-pearl, gesso or plaster; laid onto a background of blue enamel or blue glass under a domed glass cover in a gold mounted oval-shaped bezel with a pearl border.
- Production date
Height: 3.20 centimetres (bezel)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl. 253.
This ring is in the same style and shape as the enamel and diamond-set rings (Pl. 249-51), but the ornamental device on the bezel is carried out in minute graded pearls. Jewellery with seed-pearl decoration of this type - here under glass on a blue ground - falls into two groups: it was either executed entirely with graduated pearls, or with pearls on a base of plaster or gesso, enriched with gold wirework. Many of these jewels bear sentimental inscriptions in French.
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Armytage Clarke, 9 Blenheim Street, London W1. Original invoice for £350 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 29.9.1978, described as 'An 18th century Blue Enamel and pearl Ring, the central pearl motif under glass'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.962 (masterlist number)