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Thimble

Thimble

  • Museum number:

    M.362-1940

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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
'The power of love / My desire has no rest'

Descriptive line

Engraved silver thimble, probably Netherlands, c.1600

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Love; Sexuality; Marriage

Categories

Household objects; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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