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Ruby and diamond brooch, second half of the 18th century
Modelled as the Sacred Heart, set with cushion-shaped and rose diamonds and variously-cut rubies, all in closed settings, some rubies on crown of thorns deficient.
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Provenance

Formerly in the collection of Dame Joan Evans (1893-1977), a British historian specialising in medieval art and the history of jewellery. She published several works on English and French jewellery, as well as building her own collection, ranging in date from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. In 1975 she donated her entire collection of more than 800 jewels to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Catalogue Note

The Sacred Heart is one of the most familiar Catholic devotional images, representing the compassion of the heart of Christ towards humanity. The crown of thorns and cross allude to the crucifixion, the flames the transformative power of divine love and the drops to the blood and tears of Christ.

The present owner of this brooch works on the production of ‘Game of Thrones’, the enormously successful television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The world of Westeros, in which the series is set, draws strong inspiration from medieval Europe, and the religious iconography of this brooch in particular is echoed in the flaming heart adopted by Stannis Baratheon, a one of the claimants to the throne, as the symbol of his new monotheistic deity, ‘the Lord of Light’.

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