Neoclassical urn ring
An elegant and refined Neoclassical urn ring dated 1789 . The high carat gold tapered shank supports a compartment with a ground of pink opaline glass surmounted by an three dimensional gold urn enamelled in royal blue and white under a domed crystal. The surround is royal blue enamel with gold detail. Urns became popular funerary motifs in the 18th century. They represent immortality, containing the earthly remains of the body whilst the soul has ascended to the afterlife. To reverse the details of the deceased : Lucy Gardner Ob. 18 Feb. 1789 Aet. 75. The ring is size O [US 7] and the head of the ring measures 1 and 1/8 inches by 3/4 of an inch. Extremely fine quality and immaculate.
Thomas Gardner, his wife Lucy and son Henry Lasher were a family of
printer publishers who ran their business opposite St. Clement’s Church in the
Strand from 1739 to 1805. Lucy was survived by five children.