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Wièse Paris Gothic Revival Devotional Ring


This 18K gold devotional ring created by the firm of Jules Wièse Paris dates from the 1860s. The sculptural form depicts the Blessed Virgin as Mater Amabilis, flanked by columns within a Gothic niche and cusped arch, joining openwork foliate motif shoulders, completed by a rope twist motif shank. This rare example of surviving work in the Neo-Gothic tradition by Wièse reflects the religious faith still so firm in the 19th century, and would perhaps have been given to a young person as a precious memento of confirmation.

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Item #: R-20097
Artist: Jules or Louis Wièse Paris,
Country: France
Circa: 1860-1880
Size: 7.25; this ring can be sized (please call gallery for details)
Materials: 18K gold
Signed:  Wiese with star, with maker’s mark
Literature: A similar ring by Jules Wièse is pictured in Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love & Loyalty, by Diana Scarsbrick, London: Thames & Hudson, 2007, p. 146.
Provenance: Collection of Carol Spector, Chicago, Illinois

Jules Wièse and his son Louis were inspired by Renaissance gold work and the Gothic imagination to create a select body of award-winning, idiosyncratic jewelry that featured devotional and mythological subjects. Louis won high praise for his talent and craftsmanship from the Art Nouveau master Henri Vever, the premier historian of French jewelry.