Brooches 21.10.2013
Parting with Grief Lily Jennings Mourning Brooch 1795

Parting with Grief Mourning Brooch, 1795

Lilly Jennings passed away on the 19th of January, 1795 at the age of 27. When a person leaves behind…

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 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 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 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 19.11.2012
Neoclassical, Miniature, Georgian, 18th Century, Woman, Symbolism,

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 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 07.11.2012
Don Shelton Mourning Miniature

Willow, Woman, Plinth and Urn is Miniature Perfection

Combining the elements of the willow, woman, plinth and urn are not uncommon in mourning jewellery, however, this piece also…

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…

Bracelets 17.09.2012

To Bliss, A Sepia Mourning Bracelet Clasp

Pearls and hairwork are often two of the most common materials used in stringing a bracelet  from the neoclassical era,…

Bracelets 14.09.2012
Peacock, Lamb, Dove, Neoclassical Sepia Bracelet

Neoclassical Symbolism in Two Bracelet Clasps

Symbolism in Neoclassical jewels were necessary; they reflected the status, wealth and humanistic approach to life of the late 18th…

Brooches 13.07.2012

“Mourn, oh Cupids and Venuses!”

Anyone who has been collecting mourning jewelry for some time knows that there are definite similarities between jewels of mourning…

Brooches 11.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Sentimental Lantern

A Lantern Lights the Way / Neoclassical Sepia Brooch

This particular brooch is a fine example of late 18th century jewellery, in its construction and symbolism. The paste surround…

Brooches 06.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Mourning Not Lost But Gone Before

Neoclassical Sepia Mourning Brooch: Not Lost But Gone Before

There is a lot of elegant and unique detail in this wonderful brooch, much of its representation is quite simple…

Brooches 02.07.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch Faith Hope Charity

Sarah Honlett, Age 14 Moves ‘Toward the Heavens’ in this Neoclassical Brooch

Faith, hope and charity are of the most typical symbols during the 19th century; their nondescript sentimentality and adherence to…

Brooches 27.06.2012
Neoclassical Sepia Brooch NYPT In The Bud." Oval

Neoclassical Sepia Brooch / “NYPT In The Bud”

The floral motif runs strong in this large sepia miniature. Each symbol carries into itself and it has accomplished this…

Rings 04.05.2012
Towards Heaven Sepia Ring

Towards Heaven 1792 Sepia Ring

Physical direction and movement in Neoclassical jewels of the late 18th and early 19th century which depict mourning and sentimental…

Rings 24.04.2012
There is But a Step Between Me and Death

There is But a Step Between Me and Death in This 1789 Ring

Here is a ring that is in particularly unique. This ring shows all the markings of being something that defies…

Rings 02.04.2012
	c. 1786 Dedication: 	Cath Motley, ob 11 of Dec, 1786, AE 69 / Sacred Will I Keep Thy Dear Remains

1786 Sepia Ring “Sacred Will I Keep Thy Dear Remains”

“Sacred Will I Keep They Dear Remains” is a poignant statement that relates directly to the nature of the person…

Rings 30.03.2012
1786 Sepia Ring

1786 Sepia Ring “What Thou Has Lost, Heaven Has in Store”

Artwork painted on ivory (and sometimes vellum or paper) from the latter 18th Century tend to vary in quality. Sometimes…

Collecting 29.06.2011
Mourning Miniature in Original Box

‘These Ashes Are Precious to Me’ Mourning Miniature in Original Box!

Wow, take a deep breath and enjoy this wonderful miniature from Barbara Robbins – if you like what you see,…