Momento Amore Swivelling Fob

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The subject depicts Cupid igniting an arrow on a pair of hearts accompanied by the motto “TA LUME LE FEU” (abbreviated for the French ‘ton lumière le fue’; “thy light the fire”. In this case, the engraver has chosen to represent the fire in a zone of concentrated colour to suggest heat.

The inclusion of the compass can be interpreted, using Knights Modern and Antique Gems (1828, T. Griffiths Publishers), as meaning “agitated yet constant”.

Love is naturally represented by Cupid and his traditional accoutrements, described by John Donne (1572-1631) in Variety


His sinewy bow, and those immortal darts

Wherewith he is wont to bruise resisting hearts.

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