Mosheh Oved Ring with Two Swans Embracing
Mosheh Oved’s first animal rings were created during the bombing raids of London during the Second World War. Amid one of these raids his wife Sah Oved observed how Mosheh’s hands were trembling. Whilst sheltering in the basement of their Bloomsbury shop, Cameo Corner, she would give him some modelling wax to steady his hands, and that is when the series of animal rings began. His first attempts were either lambs or a kid on shaky legs. Another touching story from this period is that Mosheh made a ring shaped like a wounded lamb from the metal of his own cuff links as a spontaneous act of giving and sympathy for a client who had recently lost his son in battle. The base of the rings often includes an inscription, such as “the soul doth feed a virtuous deed” or “where is the house of my father” and “the lights of heaven within me.”
The heavy silver ring is modelled in the form of two swans with their necks entwined in an embrace. The round hoop is plain and slightly rounded on the interior, on the exterior the swan’s feathers are finely engraved giving a natural appearance. Inserted in the eyes are a tiny ruby and diamond, their beaks gilt. The ring is in good wearable condition.
Mosheh Oved. Vision and Jewels, Autobiographic in Three Parts, London 1952; Peter Hinks. Twentieth Century British Jewellery 1900-1980. London and Boston: Faber & Faber, 1983, p. 86; Elsa Zorn Karlin, Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts and Crafts Tradition, Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 1993, p. 86.