Description This splendid ring is a variation on the popular celestial theme of late 18th- and early 19th-century rings. Its bezel consists of individual diamonds mounted at evenly spaced intervals against a blue enamel background creating an allusion to the stars in the night sky. Rings in this syle were commonly called "bagues au firmament" (Rings of the Heavens). This ring exemplifies a popular bezel shape of the period: the oval, or "marquises." Close-set diamond sparks along the borders outline the central design to create a dazzling effect.
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
- Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
- Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
- 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.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Laura F. Delano, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1946, by gift.
Credit Gift of Laura F. Delano, 1946
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