Ring with Floral Motif

English (?)late 18th century

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

In the late 18th century and into the 19th century, marquise rings set with diamonds on dark blue or red enamel backgrounds became fashionable in Europe. The oval (marquise bezel), like this ring, and the rectangular (shuttle-shaped bezel) were the most popular shapes with diamonds set to imitate stars in the sky or floral sprays. It was charactersitic to frame these rings with a border of diamond sparks set in silver mounts.

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  • Title: Ring with Floral Motif
  • Creator: English (?)
  • Date Created: late 18th century
  • Subject Keywords: fashion; oval; flowers
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Jeweler: English (?)
  • Provenance: Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Laura F. Delano, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by gift; Walters Art Museum, 1947, by gift.
  • Object Type: finger rings
  • Medium: gold, silver, enamel, diamond
  • Exhibitions: Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009., Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010., Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Dimensions: H: 1 5/16 x Diam: 11/16 in. (3.33 x 1.75 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Laura F. Delano, 1947
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.1776