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The Helper Pendant: M.6 & A-1983

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Current Location: In storage


The Helper Pendant


Maker: Traquair, Phoebe Anna




Gold and enamel, quatrefoil gold frame set with enamelled plaque depicting an angel helping the figure of Christ to carry the cross; an enamelled roundel on either side of the frame with three drops below, enamelled to resemble opals. Suspension 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

Place(s) associated

  • Edinburgh ⪼ Scotland

Acquisition and important dates

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


20th Century, Early
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 11 August 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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