British doubts over Joan of Arc’s ring

9 June 2016

by Martin BAILEY


French owner petitions the Queen after relic is taken across the Channel following export licence faux pas


The Joan of Arc ring, which was temporarily taken out of the UK in March before an export licence was applied for, may not have belonged to the saint. After being taken to France by its new owner without proper documentation, it was quietly returned to London after pressure was exerted by the British authorities, The Art Newspaper has learned. An export licence was then applied for and was quickly granted, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence that the ring had really once belonged to Joan of Arc. (...)