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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 566

    GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799)
    A GOLD AND ENAMEL MOURNING RING FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON

    CIRCA1800

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    GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799)
    A GOLD AND ENAMEL MOURNING RING FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON
    CIRCA1800
    The oval glazed bezel enclosing an engraved portrait of George Washington in profile facing right, within black and black and white champlevé enamel inscription 'GEO: WASHINGTON OB: 14 DECR 1799, AE 68, ring size O
    1 in. (2.5 cm.) high


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    The tiny profile portrait of Washington was produced by Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint- Mémin (1770-1852) and was specifically made for Washington mourning rings. The engraving was based on a sketch by Saint-Mémin in late 1798 and it is thought to be the last portrait of Washington drawn from life. In order to produce the miniature portrait the artist used an instrument known as a physiognotrace.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts