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Finger-ring; silver-gilt; slender hoop; large oval bezel set with cameo portrait of Maria I, Queen of Portugal, in jasper ware; surrounded by border of crystal pastes; bezel engraved at back with sprigs down sides.
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Diameter: 0.78 inches (hoop)
Length: 1.07 inches (bezel)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings:
'Cf. Sir A.W. Franks, catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain,.1896, no. 511.'
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.246.
Queen Maria I of Portugal (d. 1816), whose portrait surrounded by rock crystals adorns this ring, married her uncle, Don Pedro, by special dispensation from the pope in 1760. Portrait medallions of both of them were made by the Lisbon Porcelain Factory (established in 1773) after designs by the Portugese sculptor Joao Figueireido. Dated examples in the Schreiber Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, suggest that the medallions were first issued between 1782 and 1783. In 1787, John Flaxman modelled a portrait of this queen for Wedgwood that is nearly identical to the Lisbon example. Another example is dated 1792, and the frequent mention of jewels and rings set with Queen Maria's portrait in contemporary journals suggests that they were popular and widely distributed.
- Not on display
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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