This is an authentic and lovely old crown. It radiates with a wonderful patina that can only be acquired with the passage of time. It dates from the end of the nineteenth century (1860-1880). It was purchased in Paris, coming from a large, old collection.
Coming from a private bourgeois chapel, the crown would have graced the head of a statue of the Madonna or a saint. The beautiful gilt brass repousse work is delicate and lace-like, filled with glass stones, pearls and crystals. A central star, with brilliant cobalt blue stones is accented by emerald green stones at each tip. Red stones form small flower shapes and surround the central flower. A large crystal sparkles from the center and two smaller crystals flank at either side. The remaining design features intermixes clear, blue, red, green and pearl stones to create a beautiful bright and sparkling countenance.
The crown measures (when hooked in the first hole) 9 1/2" in circumference, when hooked in the last hole, 11 1/2" in circumference. It is in very good antique condition, there is one tiny missing crystal (left side of round brass ball to the left of the central flower, this is only noticeable on close inspection. It has a good structure and is an authentic antique. The center height is 2 1/4" sloping downward to 1 1/4" at either end of the design.
It is a charming size and could work well with a French doll or as an accent piece to collections.
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