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PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF MARIE-JOSEPH PAUL YVES ROCH GILBERT DU MOTIER, MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE

(The Marquis de Lafayette)
MOURNING RING FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON
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2028

PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF MARIE-JOSEPH PAUL YVES ROCH GILBERT DU MOTIER, MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE

(The Marquis de Lafayette)
MOURNING RING FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON
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Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana

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(The Marquis de Lafayette)
MOURNING RING FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON
Pink gold and black-and-white enamel ring with engraved profile portrait by Saint-Mémin under glass

 


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Miles, Saint-Mémin 920; see fig. 5:21 for an illustration of the ring in the Smithsonian

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A sacred relic, worn by Lafayette in memory of his "adopted father," George Washington. The bond between Washington and Lafayette and the nations they helped to make was perhaps best expressed by President John Quincy Adams in a farewell address for Lafayette delivered at Washington, 7 September 1825: "We shall look upon you as always belonging to us, during the whole of your life, and as belonging to our children after us. You are ours by that more than patriotic self-devotion with which you flew to the aid of our fathers at the crisis of our Fate; ours in that unshaken gratitude for your services which is a precious portion of our inheritance; ours by that tie of love, stronger than death, which has linked your name for the endless ages of time with the name of Washington."

This unusually small engraved oval portrait (ca. 16 x 13 mm) was accomplished by Saint-Mémin in 1800, and while loose copies are known, it must have been intended to be set in mourning rings. Ellen G. Miles records seven other mourning rings in Saint-Mémin and the Neoclassical Profile Portrait in America (1994). At the time of publication their location their locations were Yale University Art Gallery; a private collection (sold by Sloan & Co., 20 November 1977, lot 1444); Frank S. Schwarz and Son, Philadelphia; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution, Museum of American History; Dr. Joseph E. Fields; and unlocated.

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