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JOHN HAUGHTON MAURICE BONNOR

'Una and The Lion' Brooch-Pendant

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JOHN HAUGHTON MAURICE BONNOR

'Una and The Lion' Brooch-Pendant

Gold, silver, enamel, ruby, emerald

Origin British, 1907

A signed design in the Library of the Goldsmiths’ Company, London, shows the V&A brooch as a pendant on a necklace (Records of the Artificers' Guild). The existing fittings suggest the pendant was originally made as an interchangeable brooch and pendant.
The subject of Una and the Lion from The Faerie Queene is a fine example of the Victorian and Edwardian delight in the Arthurian legends. Bonnor has included the shields of the Red Cross Knight and Sansfoy whom he killed in single combat. Una was an exemplar of feminine virtue, a popular subject at the time.

Provenance
From the collection of the Opera singer Scheherazade Pesante, who acquired it in the 1990s from Tadema Gallery.

Collections
Purchased for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, through the generosity of Geneviève Davies

Price Code

Ref No   10332

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