Vinaigrette ring

Vinaigrette ring

A rare high carat gold and enamel vinaigrette ring, French or Swiss, circa 1820 – 1840. The ring depicts a winged cherub in enamel and is attached by a chain of links similarly enamelled to a vinaigrette. The vinaigrette portrays a similar winged cherub and a dog, symbol of fidelity. The interior grille is pierced to allow perfume to waft from a sponge. These decorative containers for scent or aromatic substances were extremely popular in the Romantic period. One such vinaigrette attached to a ring was used by the French novelist Honoré de Balzac in Secrets de la Princesse de Cadignan [1838] to emphasise the truth of her statement that a woman can do what she likes with a man by swinging her vinaigrette on its chain, as if it was dancing at her command. The ring is size L [US 5 and 1/2] and the vinaigrette measures 1 and 1/3 inches by 1 and 1/3 inches. The length from the base of the ring to the bottom of the vinaigrette is 3 and 1/4 inches. Very fine enamel work and immaculate. For similar see Catalogue Entry 421 in Scarisbrick’s Historic Rings.

sold  £4500