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C1745 Chelsea Porcelain Seal of a Nun, "Amour Spirituel",

C1745 Chelsea Porcelain Seal of a Nun, "Amour Spirituel",

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1448921
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This is an original 18th century Gouyn period porcelain Chelsea fob seal. These seals were given as love tokens by the wealthy and known as "toys". This particular seal features a nun with her gilded black cape holding a staff and reading from a book. The seal reads in red letters, "Amour Spirituel", ("Spiritual Love"). The black cape with gold edging is in particularly fine condition. Charles Gouyn, a French jeweler, with Nicholas Sprimont, a silversmith founded the Chelsea Factory in 1743. This is an original seal from the era in which Gouyn was manager of the Chelsea Factory. All information is from the book "The Chelsea Porcelain Toys", by GE Bryant.