An absolutely exquisite example in silver (maker's hallmark and 1890 patent stamp), it originates from a large silver sacred heart collection near Toulouse, France. This type of sacred heart, in the form of a small box (for carrying a prayer or intention) is specific to 19th century France.
The patina has such an ethereal light and elegance. The body of the heart is large with delicate engraved ornamentation: Central "M" with radiant cross rising, flanked by palm fronds. The engraving is hand tooled and consists of man fine lines and zig zags. The flame has such a delicate neck giving support to life like upward curves. The patent mark, "depose" and the diamond shaped silver maker's hallmark (large H but the two flanking initials are very hard to decipher) are found on the right upper edge. The back of the flame bears a mounted ring for threading a chain or ribbon. The interior bears the original patina with darkened spots (could be polished but the history would be lost).
The ex voto measures: 3 1/2" tall x 1 7/8" wide and sits 1" tall from the tabletop. It is in amazing antique condition: very slight bend a point of front heart panel (this looks to be original to the workshop), one tiny shallow indention on back heart panel. The flame could be polished but we chose to leave it as is.
Very fine examples in silver are so hard to find as they do rest in large collections. This ex voto is in exceptional condition due to residing in a cherished collection for many, many years. It is a precious part of the Sacred Heart Devotion and of French Religious Art.
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