Gentleness captivates me

Allegorical painting as gold set brooch, around 1830 & later

Cupid caresses a resting little sheep. Under a willow tree he kisses the forehead of the fluffy animal, gently strokes its cheek. The little lamb also seems to like the loving embrace. It rests on a grassy bench and bows its head to the god of love. "La douceure m'engage" we read above this scene painted on a plaque of white enamel. "Gentleness captivates me": the scene thus gives an indication of happiness in love, an advice to bind one's partner by tenderness and forbearance. The scene, according to the technique and painting method probably created in the first half of the 19th century, is now set in gold and thus wearable as a brooch. The setting is younger than the plaque and was created in the last decades. Thus the painting, once surely intended for a girl or a young woman to educate her for marriage in the ideal of the 19th century, becomes an outwardly worn, modern invitation: whoever wears this brooch is not necessarily always gentle himself. But seeks and desires gentle intercourse. We discovered the piece here in Berlin.

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