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Ring with Celestial Motif
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Ring with Celestial Motif

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Description 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. The blue enameled rings evoke celestial allusions; rings of this kind were called "bagues au firmament" (Rings of the Heavens).
Date Description Narrative
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • 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 Unknown collection, no. 38; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Laura F. Delano, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by gift; Walters Art Museum, June 9, 1947, by gift.
Credit Gift of Laura F. Delano, 1947

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late 18th century
gold, silver, enamel, diamonds
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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bezel:1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); hoop: 11/16 in. (1.75 cm) (diam.)


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