Verre églomisé portrait ring

Verre églomisé portrait ring

A French silhouette portrait on a verre églomisé golden ground, set to a navette ring, circa 1780 – 1800. The tapered, engraved gold shank supports a compartment containing a portrait of a gentleman. Verre églomisé is a term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass. The name is derived from the 18th century French decorator and art dealer, Jean-Baptiste Glomy. The technique created shimmering and beautifully reflective pieces of artwork. This silhouette portrait is an allegory of mourning. It depicts a gentleman in Georgian attire in contemplative mode, his head bowed and his hat in his hand as a sign of respect.  He wears a wig en queue tied at the nape of the neck with a ribbon and an elaborate frock coat. It is set under crystal. The ring is size N [US 6 and 1/2] and the head of the ring measures 1 and 1/3 inches by 3/4 of an inch. Very fine quality and a most unusual subject.

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