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Ref  PD4   Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here

Fine quality 18th century navette mourning pendant, dated 1784. The gold and crimson enamel frame encloses a sepia miniature of a female in classical dress mourning at a tomb surmounted by an urn formed from macerated hair. The scene is on a ground of macerated hair. The tomb is inscribed with the poignant inscription : Forgive the wish that wd [would] have kept thee here. An angel hovers above unfurling a banner inscribed : Heaven rejoices. To reverse are the details of the deceased on a ground of woven hair within a royal blue enamel surround : Rev. Will'm Dobree Died 10 Feb 1784 aged 40. During the 18th century the Dobrée family were amongst the elite on the island of Guernsey and members of the family were successful merchants, clergymen and politicians. William Dobreé was Rector of St. Saviour's, Guernsey and described as 'a cleryman eminent for tenderness of conscience, unaffected piety and earnestness in the cause of religion.' The pendant measures 2 inches by 1 and 1/3 inches and is immaculate.

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