Vessel for the Heart of Anne of Brittany, with Its Crown

Email to a friend
Print this page

Vessel for the Heart of Anne of Brittany, with Its Crown, Probably Loire Valley or Paris, January 9–March 19, 1514

Heart: Gold alloy (6–9% silver, 3–4% copper) with repoussé work on two halves joined by hinges and a clasp; external surfaces with guilloché work; cut-out letters, with guilloché work and enamel (traces of green-black enamel in heavy drops); internal surfaces with guilloché work, enamel (white enamel), inscription highlighted in gold; rope motif of twisted strands on the rim concealing the connection of the two halves; 407.1 g (14.3 oz.)
Crown: Gold with guilloché work on the circlet, filigree work on the florets and rope motifs, lattice work on the chain on the lower edge; enameled gold, inscription: red translucent enamel on the letters, green on the punctuation marks; 68 g (2.4 oz.)
Heart: 15 x 12.5 x 6.4 cm (5 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Crown: 3.5 x 10.8 x 5.5 cm (1 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 3/16 in.)
Musée Dobrée, Nantes, D. 886-1-1, Obj: 208045