RMIT Year 3, Semester 1, Jewellery #5

10 11 2012

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.

refer: Abegg, Margaret. Apropos Patterns for Embroidery, Lace and Woven Textiles, Scriften der Abegg-Stiftung, Berlin, 1978

There is a beautiful colour image here.

detail from above image

The finished rings.

rings for Frank; image not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 3, Semester 1, Jewellery #4
… see more projects from RMIT Year 3 here


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