Third year, first semester, Jewellery #5: Ring for a Friend
The last piece in this group is: ‘Ring for Friend, Frank, 1538.
Made for: Francis I of France.
“There is of course no evidence to suggest that Matthäus was in the same circle as Francis I, but it is likely that either King Henry VIII or one of the elder Fuggers had been introduced to him at some time.
Premise: This work is therefore closely associated with Henry’s brooch – in terms of materials (steel) and the reference to textile (the designs are taken from Francis’s wrist cuffs). The rings are deliberately masculine, but like most men at the time, there is room for a little femininity.“
The key image for this group is the below portrait by Jean Clouet.
There is a beautiful colour image here.
The finished rings.