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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1931M968.1157
Collection:Applied Art - Jewellery
Date:1880 - 1880

Maker Information

Designer:Enrico Canziani - View biography for Enrico Canziani


Many pieces in the Museums collection have been given by private collectors. This elaborate ring was presented by the artist Estella Canziani (1887-1964) in the 1930s, along with a major collection of watercolours, tempera paintings, sketchbooks, costumes and other pieces of jewellery. This ring, part of her collection, is inscribed on the inside with '1880' and bears the initials 'EC' for Enrico Canziani, Estella's father. Enrico designed the ring for Louisa Starr, Estella's mother, and had it made for her in Italy. On their engagement, Lousia chose to retain her independence, stay in England and continue to earn a living from her work there. Enrico worked as an engineer in Italy and travelled to England regularly.Louisa wrote to him about their future,'In all your plans you must not forget that I am an artist at bottom, and that you cannot change it. You cannot cut out of my life what has been. Therefore think well if my artist nature will suit yours. Do not love me now for what I am, and afterwards expect me to change from that, for that I fear would bring great unhappiness to both'.

Canziani Collection. Presented by Estella Canziani, 1931.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
Medium:Gold, set with diamonds and an emerald.
Place of Origin:Italy

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