Carnations and pearl brooch. Rene Lalique (1860 -1945) Circa 1897 -1898. Pearl, gold, glass, enamel. 3 x 2 x 0.5 in (7.62 x 5.08 x 1.27 cm)
Locket, mid 18th century, England, gold with openwork set with garnets enclosing a painting on ivory, incorporating hair, set with agate, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Hair had long been important in sentimental jewellery, but during the 18th century it took on a new prominence. It could now form the centrepiece of a jewel, either arranged in complicated motifs or as plain, woven sections. Tiny fragments of hair could even be incorporated into delicate paintings, as is the case here. Hair jewels were worn to cherish the living as well as to remember the dead, and the survival of many pieces celebrating love and friendship indicates that these objets had great social importance.
TEAPOT OF THE WEEK
Teapot and Cover, c.1830, Coalport, England, porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, Victoria and Albert Museum.
The moulding and applied naturalistic decoration of this teapot is very elaborate, and would have been very expensive to manufacture, as well as vulnerable to damage during use. It would have been reserved for special occasions and display.
The teapot, which was part of an entire service, was made at the Coalport factory in Shropshire, which specialised in elaborately decorated wares in the Rococo style.