Rings 11.05.2012
1794 watercolour Ring

Hope, Heaven and Colour in This 1794 Ring

‘Affection weeps, heaven rejoices’ announces this watercolour on ivory ring and from the unique symbolism to the marvellously crafted mourning…

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 30.04.2012
Eliz Legrew Ob 4th July 1791 AE 34 / Weep Not Ring

Eliz Legrew Ob 4th July 1791 AE 34 / Sepia Male Mourning Ring

The male in mourning rings of the late 18th century and the Neoclassical period is a rare and important symbol,…

Rings 27.04.2012
Georgian Diamond Urn Ring fede

18th Century Diamond Fede Ring

There are a confluence of techniques and symbols that involve this ring, elements that need to be understood in order…

Rings 25.04.2012
Georgian Diamond Urn Ring

Amazing Georgian Diamond Urn Ring

There are many elements to this ring that put it in a specific spot in time. Let’s take a moment…

Rings 23.04.2012
Irish Langdale Ring Pair

Irish Sister Rings for Thomas Langdale, 1790

These two rings originally came from two sisters in Ireland in 1790. Both are identical, but suffer from damage in…

Rings 18.04.2012
1788 watercolour Ring

1788 Watercolour on Ivory Ring

Much has been written about sepia on Art of Mourning, but there was another (and even as popular) style of…

Rings 11.04.2012
On This Shall Dwell the tender thought mourning ring

“On This Shall Dwell the tender thought” Sepia Mourning Ring

Much of the style of this particular ring is very reminiscent of the Neoclassical pieces c.1780 in France and across…

Rings 04.04.2012
To Bliss" / "In life Beloved, In Death Lamented

“To Bliss / “In life Beloved, In Death Lamented” A Sepia Ring

In the similar way that the “Sacred Will I Keep They Dear Remains” piece was personalised with the sentiment written…

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…

Rings 28.03.2012
Prepare To Follow Sepia Urn Mourning Ring Neoclassical

1785 Sepia Urn and Willow Neoclassical Mourning Ring

The sepia work in the above piece is what makes it so special and an excellent representation of its time….

Rings 26.03.2012

Blue/White Enamel Urn in Navette Georgian Ring

Enamel became one of the more important symbolic identifiers of the 18th century; its subtle use could denote the amount…

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 01.09.2011
18th Century Mourning MIniature with Contemporary Woman

Property of a Lady: 18th Century Costume, Mourning and Art in a Neoclassical Miniature

Because we’re revisiting some fashion this week, let’s take another look at this spectacular miniature: Let me begin today’s lesson…

Brooches 27.07.2011
Urn Brooch with Damage / c.1810

To See What Condition My Condition Was In: Sepia Brooch

Condition isn’t an issue with me when I see something that has obvious beauty and quality. If I were collecting…

Brooches 25.07.2011
Willow and Urn Pin 1811

Willows and Urns and Sepia, Oh My!

This lovely Navette beauty found its home in 1811, but was quite probably constructed earlier. It’s a wonderful piece that…

Rings 01.07.2011
Urn Willow Onyx Mourning Ring

An Onyx Urn and Weeping Willow Ring Forever After

If you know me well enough, you may think this is hypocritical, but sometimes I often buy jewellery to wear….

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,…

Miniatures 12.10.2010
18th Century Mourning MIniature with Contemporary Woman

Property of a Lady: 18th Century Costume, Mourning and Art in a Neoclassical Miniature

This piece is pained on ivory, measured 1.75 (4.3cm) by 2.25 (6.8cm) inches (loop excluded), set in rose gold. We have a young woman looking up to the cherub carrying the scroll with the writing ‘TO BLISS’, behind her is the willow (gief) and to the distance are the cypress trees pointing their way towards the heavens. In front, we have urn resting on a plinth with ‘SACRED TO THE BEST OF FRIENDS’. All this is painted in hushed sepia tones, except for the cherub and female. On the reverse, we have tightly woven hairwork.

Rings 16.07.2010
Sepia Ring

Sarah Jervis White Enamel and Sepia Mourning Ring, 1777

If you know me, you know I like my white enamel pieces, often because of their immediate sentimentality and their…