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The Helper Pendant: M.6 & A-1983

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The Helper Pendant


Traquair, Phoebe Anna (Maker)


Gold and enamel, quatrefoil gold frame set with enemalled plaque depicting an angel helping the figure of Christ to carry teh cross, an enamelled roundel on either side of the frame with three drops below, enamelled to resemble opals. Suspenion loop above. The reverse inscribed in black, ' the / helper / PAT [monogram] 1903'. In red leather case (A).


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.6 cm
Width: 6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Edinburgh ⪼ Scotland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-01-31) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


Early 20th century
Edward VII
Production date: dated AD 1903


Working in a distinctively warm and rich palette across a range of media, including paintings, textiles, manuscripts and enamels, Traquair was among the leading artists in Edinburgh at the turn of the twentieth century. This enamel, depicting a helpful angel, was one of a series to include this character.

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( translucent blue, green, pink, and red)

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in black: the / helper / PAT (in monogram) 1903

  • Text: the / helper / PAT 1903
  • Location: On the back of the enamelled plaque
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: scratched into gold

  • Text: PAT [monogram]
  • Location: On the back of the enamelled drops
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6 & A-1983
Primary reference Number: 81972
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 August 2021 Last processed: Thursday 19 August 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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