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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 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 19.12.2012
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

“Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre” – “The further the distance the tighter the knot” Sepia Miniature

Upon the advent of the Neoclassical influence upon art, culture and jewellery post-1765, the presentation of love and grief within…

Hairwork 09.09.2011

Mystery Solved: Identity Discovered Behind Ship Ring

For those of you who are new here, or who are not familiar with the wonderfully informative article that Hayden…

Miniatures 06.05.2011
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

The Further the Distance the Tighter the Knot; Eternity and Romantic Symbolism on a French Sepia Miniature

I was going to write about more about memento mori today, but with presenting such lovely and emotionally charged pieces…

Lockets 29.04.2011
Watercolour Pendant 19th Century Ship

Simple But Effective, Watercolour Hairwork Pendant

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

Lockets 10.11.2010
Watercolour Pendant 19th Century Ship

Simple But Effective, Watercolour Hairwork Pendant

This particular painting is obviously very instant. Detail to the piece is quite low considering the complexity of the depiction and yet the hairwork on the reverse is quite delicate, with the Albert curl and gold wire cipher. This is set in a low-grade pendant and underneath glass, so what can we make of it?

Lockets 09.10.2010
Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre Mourning Pendant

The Further the Distance the Tighter the Knot; Eternity and Romantic Symbolism on a French Sepia Miniature

Symbolism and beauty are two words to describe this French piece. The two birds (winged souls) tying together the knot of eternity and love as the ship is sailing away from the castle on top of a cliff face. The boat can be taken as a literal interpretation of sentimental distance, or as the passage of a soul towards the afterlife, however as the boat shows its passage towards the horizon, then one can expect that the symbolism falls into the latter. When combined with the eternity knot, the sentiment of love shows a love forever unbroken despite any figurative distance.

Rings 15.04.2010

Spotlight On: Ship Mourning Ring

There are several layers of sentimentality in this ring and many stories that can be told simply by glancing at…

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  • User AvatarArt of Mourning
    Ta very much! Indeed, that is a lovely ring; those...
  • User AvatarT
    Hi Hayden, great site, I purchased this ring at that...
  • User AvatarJewellery Through Time
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  • User AvatarBarbara D.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Best,...