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Thimble


This thimble depicts a wedded or betrothed couple, alongside erotic nude figures. It is inscribed ‘La puissance d’amour/Desire n’a mon repos’, meaning ‘The power of love/My desire has no rest’. This suggests that it may have been a gift given to a bride or a mistress.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Engraved silver thimble, probably Netherlands, c.1600
Physical Description
Silver thimble with romantic and erotic vignettes, including a marriage scene and a couple making music together. The top decorated with a crowned heart, and the barrel surrounded with an inscription in French.
Marks and Inscriptions
LA PUISSANCE D'AMOUR / DESIRE N'A MON REPOS
Subjects depicted
Summary
This thimble depicts a wedded or betrothed couple, alongside erotic nude figures. It is inscribed ‘La puissance d’amour/Desire n’a mon repos’, meaning ‘The power of love/My desire has no rest’. This suggests that it may have been a gift given to a bride or a mistress.
Bibliographic Reference
Read, Brian. Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018. ISBN 9781784919450
Collection
Accession Number
M.362-1940

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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