An rare, exceptional and unusual example, it is adorned with an opaline wafer at the center (to reflect w luminous, diffused light). It dates towards 1870 and originates from a Parisian collection,
With a fine jewelery bearing, it boasts nine floating stars which are each set with clear glass stones and a central cabochon of turquoise The base tip is adorned with a small flower equally with clear paste stones and a turquoise cabochon center. The top has a large cross which is set with turquoise cabochon stones and a central pearl. The central white opaline wafer is set into a 1/4" gilded brass mount. This imount is surrounded by clear paste stones with an outer frame which has the appearance of a braided rope. There is a mount at the bottom (see photos) which would fit into a small standing pedestal.
It measures 6 1/2 tall x 3 1/4 wide; the opaline wafer 3" x 1 1/2". It is in excellent antique condition. Please note that the photographic lights reflect a bit brassy, the gilt is of a true gold hue.
A glorious ornament with a regal bearing, it exemplifies spectacularly religious accessories of the church from the period of Napoleon III.
European Importer of Authentic 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques:Division of Paris Chateau
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