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Ring: PER.M.259-1923

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gold and enamel. Thin, narrow hoop expanding at the shoulders. Marquise shaped bezel with enamel border, gold dots reserved in white enamel. Under glass a painting on ivory of a woman seated by an urn, which is on a pedestal bearing the inscription: 'NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE'. Above the pedestal a cherub holds a scroll inscribed: 'TO BLISS'. On the back of the bezel is the inscription:
Obt 25 Dec
aet 15


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

S.G. Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.0 mm
Height: 1.25 mm
Length: 20.5 mm

Relative size of this object

2.1 m12.5 cm10 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


Late 18th century
Production date: dated AD 1788

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part composed of enamel gold ivory glass
Bezel (marquise) Height 4.5 mm Length 33.5 mm Width 19.0 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On pedestal
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in gold
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: inscription

  • Text: TO BLISS
  • Location: On scroll
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in gold
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Garsford Gibbs Obt 25 Dec 1788 aet 15
  • Location: On back of bezel
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.259-1923
Primary reference Number: 46586
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 October 2018 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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