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    Sale 5384

    Vintage & Modern Jewels at South Kensington

    11 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 115

    A early Victorian gold, citrine and turquoise desk seal

    Price Realised  


    A early Victorian gold, citrine and turquoise desk seal
    With faceted citrine handle, the foiled citrine intaglio in chased gold mount with engraved foliate and turquoise pellet decoration, the seal engraved with a kneeling slave in fetters, with the inscription 'on m'attache pour me tuer', circa 1830

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    By family tradition, the seal was presented to William Earle, whose brother had a shipping business in Liverpool, by William Wilberforce, when the company ceased to trade in slaves.

    Post Lot Text

    The kneeling figure of the slave was the first identifiable image of the abolitionist movement. In 1787 three of its members were given the task of designing an image for a seal that represented the sentiments of the society. Josiah Wedgewood who was himself a member of the society produced a cameo depicting the same emblem.