Brooch

1800-1820 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This elegant brooch takes as its theme the symbols of love. Cupid’s bow and arrows (two loose and three in the quiver) are arranged with a pair of doves, two hearts on fire and a hymeneal torch (named after Hymen, the Greek goddess of marriage). They form a diagonal composition of great effectiveness. Like most jewellery produced in France soon after the Revolution of 1789, it is made of thin gold and contains few precious stones.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold set with cornelian, pearls and emeralds
Brief Description
Brooch 'A Trophy of Love', enamelled gold set with cornelians, pearls & emeralds, France, about 1800-20
Physical Description
Brooch ' A Trophy of Love'; enamelled gold set with cornelians, pearls & emeralds.
Dimensions
  • Height: 6.2cm
  • Width: 7.6cm
  • Depth: 1.1cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Subjects depicted
Summary
This elegant brooch takes as its theme the symbols of love. Cupid’s bow and arrows (two loose and three in the quiver) are arranged with a pair of doves, two hearts on fire and a hymeneal torch (named after Hymen, the Greek goddess of marriage). They form a diagonal composition of great effectiveness. Like most jewellery produced in France soon after the Revolution of 1789, it is made of thin gold and contains few precious stones.
Collection
Accession Number
M.37-1962

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record createdJanuary 15, 2003
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