Hand-painted miniature on ivory of a mother mourning at the tomb of her infant. The sepia tones of the paint were often derived using macerated hair as a pigment. The willow tree leaves are bits of the baby's hair. Inscription reads: "C'est tout ce qui m'en reste." loosely translated as "This is all I have left." There are intertwined initials at the top of the tomb.
Locket England, Great Britain 1780-1820 (made) Artist/Maker:Unknown Memorial jewellery to honour the dead is one of the largest categories of 18th- century jewellery. From 1760 there was a vogue for memorial medallions or lockets. These became especially popular in Britain. Neo-classical motifs of funerary urns, plinths and obelisks joined the more traditional cherubs, angels and weeping willows. Hair was preserved within the locket.