A resplendent beauty, this large convent/monastery work paperolle design is housed in an unusual violin shaped box. It originates from a personal collection in Paris and dates towards 1860-1870.
These paperolle reliquaries were works of the utmost in individuality and skill. This example features a large hand painted medallion at the bottom. This image depicts the cross with the crown of thorns hanging from its center. A white dove brings a sacred heart which is pierced by four arrows. The painting (on vellum) is framed by a very fine paperolle design which gives the appearance of a bronze frame. There is a ring of silk paper pearls surrounding it (one pearl broken). The remaining area is completely filled by a fantastic number of gilded paperolle flowers and scrolls.
A large gilt paperolle flower is a the center, dividing the two designs. The top portion has a large gilt cut paper frame (in the form of interlacing hearts) surrounded by gilt paperolle flowers and scrolls. The inner edge is lined in pink paper with an gilt folded paper border. The background is of Japanese paper in a rich pattern of brown, blue green and silver. The outside of the box has a base of pink paper onto which very fancy gilt paper dentelle (or lace) has been applied. The paperolle design is placed under glass. The back is lined with Royal blue paper.
It measures: 11" tall, 5 1/4" wide at the bottom, 1 1/2" wide at the center, 3 1/2" wide at the top. It is 1" tall from the tabletop. It survives in good antique condition. The bottom does have an open portion about an inch wide. The pink paper appears to have been folded over this at one point in time suggesting that this is the original design. The painting has portions that are lifting (due to the varnish placed over the paint). The overall design is intact and in good order. There are no chips to the glass. There are a few places where the gilded dentelle on the outer edge has slightly lifted...we chose not to glue this leaving the decision to the final owner.
This is an outstanding and noteworthy example of a religious art which was made for a very brief period in history.
European Importer of Authentic 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques:Division of Paris Chateau
Fine Devotional Antiques: Ex Voto: Sacred Hearts: Santos Crowns: Reliquaries: Sacred Objects: Monastery Work: Religious Art