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Cluster brooch; gold; central sapphire setting; three rubies; diamond centred on breast of female figure in robe with scalloped sleeves. She frames the central sapphire with her hands. Her figure is surrounded by beads of gold set on high stems and three rubies. Pin and loop on back. Her face and hands are keyed for white enamel of which traces can be seen on one of her cheeks. Originally there would have been two pearls, the fitting for one of which sruvives, and beads of white enamel in the pierced setting on the lower edge of the jewel.
- Production date
Length: 46.70 millimetres
Width: 31.80 millimetres
Depth: 19.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Discussed in detail in Syson and Thornton, and likened to a jewel worn by Bianca Maria Visconti in panel portrait in Milan dating to 1460s as a shoulder brooch. Milanese inventory references to similar figurative jewels are given, and references made to a Bruges portrait and two Florentine portrait panels of the 1470s-1490s featuring similar jewels.
- On display (G40/dc10/sD)
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 12 Oct-7 Jan, Netherlands, Nijmegen, Museum Het Valkhof, Mary of Guelders
2010 22 Jun-10 Oct, Spain, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Domenico Ghirlandaio: Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni
- Her face and hands are keyed for white enamel of which traces can be seen on one of her cheeks. Originally there would have been two pearls, the fitting for one of which survives, and beads of white enamel in the pierced setting on the lower edge of the jewel.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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