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Woman in the Round: Miniature Portrait Ring

Item 10693

During the later part of the 18th century oval and navette (pointed oval) shapes were favored. We often see these elongated forms in a variety of rings embellished with enamels, diamonds, chrysoberyl and with sepia portraits.

Here a miniature on ivory is gracefully rendered with unusual background tones of teal blue. Slightly idealized, the woman is depicted wearing an ethereal white gauze-like dress and matching hair wrap. Around her neck rests a necklace or thin chain. With long locks of strawberry red and gold, she is striking.

Set into 18k gold, the ring is precise with detailing around the outer edge and on the undercarriage. A plain flat gold shank or band, twice struck with a maker’s mark of “RS”, wraps around the finger. In excellent condition with portrait is still vivid and fine; the crystal is intact and appears original. Crisp details remain for the intricate engraved borders; medium to heavy wear on the shank has rendered it of fine patina on its smooth and flat surface.

Measures 1-1/8 inches (2.8 cm) in length by 3/4 of an inch (1.8 cm) in width and has a weight of 6.8 grams. Currently a size US 8 to 8-1/4 (British P-3/4; Euro 18.25; 58 mm) and can be sized up or down as needed. Dates to circa 1790 and is English in origin.