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brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1967,1208.8

  • Description

    Brooch; gold; heart-shaped; vertical pin; at base three loops for attachments of pendants (now lost); obverse: twisted bands within beaded border, alternately enamelled in blue and white, each overlaid with punched gilt floral motif; reverse: inscription in black letter 'Je suy vostre sans de partier' (I am yours forever) with white enamel, each word alternating with foliate sprays (the enamel now lost).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400-1464
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41.1 millimetres
    • Width: 34 millimetres
    • Depth: 3.7 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        black letter
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        je suy vostre sans de partier
      • Inscription Translation

        'I am yours without leaving' taken to mean 'I am yours forever'.
  • Bibliography

    • Cherry 1973 bibliographic details
    • Archibald 1967 bibliographic details
    • Cherry 1992 ill37 bibliographic details
    • Marks & Williamson 2003 no206 (c), pg. 331 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1976 no270 b bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a no328 c bibliographic details
    • Hinton 2005 p242;fig8.5 bibliographic details
    • Hinton 1982 pls42,43 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2013 22 Mar-22 Jun, Brugge, Bruggemuseum-Gruuthuse, Gruuthuse Manuscript
    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 9 Oct-18 Jan, London, V&A, Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1967

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1967,1208.8

Brooch; gold; heart-shaped; vertical pin and three loops at base for attachments; obverse: twisted bands of blue and white enamelling with lozenge-shaped groups of pellets; reverse: black letter inscription enamelled white, separated by foliate sprays. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

Brooch; gold; heart-shaped; vertical pin and three loops at base for attachments; obverse: twisted bands of blue and white enamelling with lozenge-shaped groups of pellets; reverse: black letter inscription enamelled white, separated by foliate sprays. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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