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This stunning ex voto is set with over 75 (bezel set) clear glass stones. It originates from a very fine French collection (with many rare examples) and dates towards 1880.
The heart is constructed of a gilded brass/metal base. The outer ring of glass stones has a mount for each individual stone. A second layer sits atop a gilded brass platform which serves as a base for a second row of bezel set glass stones. The fine mother of pearl wafer is mounted into a heart shaped setting. The mother of pearl has been engraved (in blue for the Virgin Mary) "NLD" with a crown rising from the "L". The engraving is very fine and delicately executed. The flame is as large as the heart shape which gives a more substantial appearance to the ex voto. The back opens with a door which bears the model number (11 Bis). There is a ring at the back for hanging.
It measures: 3 5/8" tall, 1 3/4" wide and sits 1/2" tall (heart) from the tabletop. It is in very good antique condition.
This is a very beautiful and unusual sacred heart voto. The fineness of the settings, glass stones and engraved work give it a very noble presence.
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Spectacular French Nineteenth Century Gilded Brass Engraved Mother of Pearl Ex Voto Sacred Heart
$425 USD SOLD
Winston Salem, NC
European Importer of Authentic 17th 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques
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