Lockets 24.04.2016
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Neoclassical Mourning Locket & Royalty, 1821

Having privilege in wealth is not required for mourning jewels, but it certainly helps. The range of quality in bespoke…

Collecting 10.12.2015
Photograph of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) with Empress Frederick (1840-1901) both wearing black in mourning holding a photograph of Emperor Frederick III who died in June 1888

Mourning Jewels: How They Were Worn, Part 2

The wearing of 18th century mourning jewelry set the template for numerous revivals through to the 20th century. The 19th century was the catalyst…

Lockets 18.11.2014
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A Mourning Tour: An Edwardian Miniature c.1910

The Edwardian Era, 1901 to 1910, was one of the primary catalysts to end the mourning industry. When I reference…

Miniatures 02.11.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

A Mourning Tour: “Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

Miniatures 18.08.2014
French Mourning Miniature and mother on February 22nd, 1787, age 11 years, 4 months and 22 days.”

A French Mourning Pendant in 1787 For A Child

One of the most difficult concepts to gasp when identifying and appreciating mourning jewels is trying to separate the emotional…

Art 16.06.2014
French Hair Mourning Art from the 19th Century

French Hair Art & The Industry of Mourning

“Hair is at once the most delicate and lasting of our materials and survives us like love. It is so…

Miniatures 19.05.2014
rest in peace 18th century urn mourning pendant

“Rest In Peace” – An 18th Century Mourning Pendant

If ever a jewel was a contradiction in its title, it’s this mourning pendant. “Rest In Peace” is written modestly…

Miniatures 24.06.2013
A Parent's Loss Miniature

‘A Parents Loss’ Mourning Miniature

It is often when appreciating a mourning jewel that the nature of the subject gets lost. The beauty of a…

Lockets 08.03.2013
Neoclassical Revival Pendant, 1920

Neoclassical Influences on Later Jewellery

With the high level of accessible and affordable travel in the early 20th century, there was a rise in sentimental…

Lockets 20.02.2013
Locket Miniature Black Enamel

Miniatures, Lockets and The Rise of Photography

Since the 1840s, photography had changed the landscape of sentimental jewels. Many factors contributed to this, involving improvements in technology…

Lockets 30.01.2013
Watercolour Pendant 19th Century Ship

Paper/Watercolour Neoclassical Miniature Pendant

Often when critiquing a Neoclassical piece with art, you’ll often find me reference the quality of the painting itself. Be…

Lockets 18.01.2013
Belle d'Armour Pendant French Hairwork 19th Century

Belle D’Amour Hairwork Pendant

The remarkable quality of French jewels is their ability to reflect a great variety of cultural influence and present an…

Lockets 16.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia Hairwork Pendant Urn

In Memory of My Dear and Amiable Friend Urn/Hairwork Pendant

From the 1790s, the sharp north-south navette shape had reached its height. Those pieces which accommodated this shape (such as…

Lockets 14.01.2013

Neoclassical Shepherdess Sepia Pendant

In my last post of 13 July 2012, I examined two neoclassical watercolor miniatures which, though they appeared to be…

Lockets 09.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia 18th Century Pendant

To bliss / There’s rest in Heaven Sepia Neoclassical Pendant

‘To Bliss’ is one of the more commonly seen statements in Neoclassical jewels, be they sepia or colour. It is…

Lockets 07.01.2013
Neoclassical Sepia 18th Century Pendant

Virtue Lives Beyond The Grave Sepia Pendant, 1776

The 1770s was a reaction to the Neoclassical movement post-1765. This was a time when the depiction and the allegories…

Lockets 04.01.2013
Child Miniature Locket

A Child Miniature Portrait Locket Raises Questions…

Miniature portraits and those that are installed in jewels have different meanings in their construction. On one, the miniature needs…

Lockets 31.12.2012
Nelson Miniature Memorial

Nelson Memorial Miniature

Horatio Nelson’s death in 1805 during the Battle of Trafalgar was a landmark in the Napoleonic Wars and also for…

Lockets 28.12.2012
Watercolour Sentimental Miniature 18th Century

Ideal Neoclassical Miniature

Allegorical Neoclassical depictions became the new representation of the self in the Romantic movement, to offer one’s love to another….

Miniatures 21.11.2012
Grisaille Miniature Portrait

Grisaille Miniature Portrait

  The portrait miniature served as one of the most perfect portable tokens of love and affection for as long…

Miniatures 19.11.2012
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Idyllic Sentimental Neoclassical Miniature

Here, we have a radiance of symbolism, infused into the Neoclassical miniature; a confluence of symbolism that is encapsulated within…

Miniatures 16.11.2012
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Victorian Photography in a Miniature Compact

Photography and hairwork are the perfect marriage of materials. Both were (and are), cheap to produce and easy to manipulate…

Miniatures 12.11.2012
Sentimental Romantic Miniature

Romantic Sentimental Miniature

At the height of the neoclassical movement, symbolism became the most popular form of sentimental communication, making the true definition…

Miniatures 09.11.2012
Neoclassical Mouning Miniature

Circular Neoclassical Mourning Miniature

The French adoption of mourning and sentimental symbolism differed from the necessity of the British. While Court mandates enforced multiple…

Miniatures 05.11.2012
Sepia Miniature

Tho Lost to Sight, To Memory Dear Miniature

Quite often, I write about the standardisation in mourning and sentimental Neoclassical depictions. These standardisations manifest themselves in the most…

Brooches 20.07.2012
Curl Eye Portrait Brooch Georgian

Round Eye Miniature Eye Portrait Brooch

Direct attention is paid to the eye in this particular brooch; detail that is flanked by its art and directly…

Brooches 18.07.2012
Coral Eye Portrait Brooch Georgian

A Coral Georgian Eye Brooch

One of the more unique aspects of this particular brooch (above its coral border) is the portrait of the eye…

Brooches 16.07.2012
Serpent Eye Portrait Brooch Georgian

Serpent, Eye Portrait Brooch, Early 19th Century

Eye miniatures are one of the more unusual trends to emerge during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Often…

Bracelets 07.11.2011
Mourning Bracelet Clasp

Angels Weep When Children Mourn In An Early Bracelet Clasp

Bracelet clasps often showcase some of the most presentable and intricate sentimental art available from the late 18th and early…

Miniatures 21.09.2011
Neoclassical Miniature

Spotlight On: Mourning Miniature

Examples such as the one above, provide a rich palette for memorial symbolism and the skill of art itself. Allegory…