Bow brooch, anonymous, c. 1650 - c. 1675

Bow brooch, anonymous, c. 1650 - c. 1675

gold (metal), h 7.7cm × w 9.8cm × t 1.8cm. More details

The shape of this brooch is known from a design that the jeweller to the French king Louis XIV made in 1663. It is a bow-knot in gold, which is enamelled and set with precious stones. Double bows were worn by the wealthiest of women. Amalia of Solms, the Dutch Stadtholder Frederick Henry’s consort, sports a brooch of this type in several portraits.

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