Four late 17th century/early 18th century enamel and gold gem-set memento mori slides, (4) (illustrated inside the front cover)
Lot 136
Four late 17th century/early 18th century enamel and gold gem-set memento mori slides,
circa 1690-1710
(4) (illustrated inside the front cover)
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 6,986) inc. premium

Lot Details
Four late 17th century/early 18th century enamel and gold gem-set memento mori slides, circa 1690-1710
1st: The central oval glazed compartment containing finely woven hair, with applied gold skull and initials JK, to an old brilliant-cut and cushion-shaped diamond surround, the reverse set with polychrome enamel of floral and acanthus leaf design, Cheife Justice written to the centre, 2nd: The central plaited hairwork with applied ivory skull, within an oval glazed compartment, to a circular cabochon turquoise surround, the reverse set with polychrome enamel of floral and acanthus leaf design, My Deare MK to the centre, 3rd: Of matching design, the reverse with My Deare FM, 4th: The plaited hairwork, set to the centre with two overlaid white, red and blue enamel hearts, the reverse of floral and scrolling design of black and red enamel, WFW to the centre, each slide with twin loops to the reverse, lengths: 2.7cm, 2.6cm, 2.6cm, 2.4cm (4) (illustrated inside the front cover)

Footnotes

  • Memento mori jewellery was worn to remind the wearer of their own mortality. From the reign of Charles II (1660-1685) slides were the most usual form of memorial jewellery after rings and were often framed in pearls, diamonds, coloured stones or paste. These slides were designed to be worn on ribbons at the neck or wrist.
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