An elegant and bejeweled reliquary, it is dedicated to Saint Catherine Laboure, a 19th century French Saint. It originates from a small reliquary collection near Troyes, France. Saint Catherine Labouré, D.C.. was a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul and a Marian visionary.
This genre of reliquary box (in pendant form) is very typical of the 19th century. The reliquary box is the work of a metal or jewel atelier. Cast in bronze and brass it has a fine sturdy shape and finish. The face has a beautiful oval frame which is cast with a repeating petal design. Surrounding this is an outer frame of original bezel set faceted glass stones. A hand cut piece of glass covers the central window. The interior holds a delicate reliquary which is placed on rib textured gilded paper. Tiny gilded flowers and gilded metal roping from a central diamond shaped medallion. The name D.C. Laboure is printed on a tiny piece of paper at the bottom.
There is a mount at the back with a large ring for threading a chain or ribbon. The box has a back lid which pulls open. When opened , the original stamped Ecclesiastic is revealed. This reliquary has never been removed, the original red threads are still binding the reliquary through the mounting indentations at the sides. The reliquary measures: 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" and 1/2" thick. The window measures 5/8" x 3/4". It is in very good antique condition: The interior glass has dust at the center; the reliquary has never been opened, this is part of it's original state). The back has light scratching typical with age and use. The glass stones have darkened some with age (most likely this piece was often in a church as it has the typical very black soot staining associated with burning candles and incense). The glass has no chips or cracks. The glass stones are all present. The relic design is intact.
It is a precious reliquary from the nineteenth century which has survived to our modern age with the original interior and seal.
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