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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold set with table-cut diamonds and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.110-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 10, shelf C, box 9

Physical description

Enamelled gold pendant, set with table-cut diamonds. The reverse is engraved with the initials 'CB' on either side of a heart pierced with arrows, the sides inscribed 'FIDEL.IUSQ.A.LA.MORT.LE.PAREIL.DE.VOUS.A.MON.CONFORT' (Faithfu lunto death, the likeness of you is my comfort')

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1620-1640 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold set with table-cut diamonds and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

'CB'
engraved initials on either side of a heart pierced with arrows on the reverse

'FIDEL.IUSQ.A.LA.MORT.LE.PAREIL.DE.VOUS.A.MON.CONFORT'
'faithful unto death, the likeness of you is my comfort'
engraved inscription on the sides

Dimensions

Height: 2.7 cm, Width: 1.8 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold pendant, set with table-cut diamonds, initialled and engraved with a pierced heart and message of love, made in France, about 1620-1640

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Somers-Cock, Anna, Princely Magnificence: court jewels of the Renaissance, 1500-1630, V&A, 1980, pp78-9, cat. 91

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Crowns (headdresses); Pierced hearts; Arrows; Love

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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