Finger-ring locket, gold, 17th century. shoulders with scrolls reserved on ground of black enamel; oval bezel opening as locket, containing enamelled portrait of Charles I with blue ground; lid has table diamond in square setting on ground with scrolls on black enamel; edges and back of bezel are also enamelled in black. (British Museum, AF.1439)
ex. of unusual amusement in fashion after about 1650. an oil miniature painted on copper and set in leather case. came with a number of costume details painted in opaque color on sliver os transparent mineral known as "talc" (pieces of mica). the owner could dress the up the subject in different costumes by laying on the "talcs" one at a time.
Richard Gibson, portrait of an unknown woman This is possibly of Frances Jennings (about 1648-1730/1). She was a Maid of Honour at the court of Charles II and a celebrated court beauty. She later married Richard Talbot, who became the 1st Duke of Tyrconnell in 1689.
The Grenville Jewel, British, ca.1635-1640. A richly enamelled gold locket set with emeralds, rubies, and diamonds in rubbed-in settings and claw-set opals. The locket contains the miniature portrait of the Royalist hero, Sir Bevil Grenville, who was killed whilst leading the Cornish army at the Battle of Lansdown in 1643.
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Oval locket; gold; both faces similar; gold scrolls on black enamel ground; shield-shaped panel in centre with rosette in green and blue, from which radiate eight bars in white with gold; edge of white enamel and gold with alternate blue and green spots; pendant pearl with diamonds (an ear-ring?); locket contains a mirror. Openwork.