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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.
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.
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LA PUISSANCE D'AMOUR / DESIRE N'A MON REPOS
'The power of love / My desire has no rest'
Engraved silver thimble, probably Netherlands, c.1600
Marriage; Love; Sexuality
Household objects; Metalwork