A magnificent veilleuse from the late part of the nineteenth century, it is complete with it's original stand. It originates from the area near Marseille and dates towards 1860.
These beautiful religious accessories were used to cast light and reflect light. The ornaments themselves are very jewel-like, adorned with bezel set glass stones and enhanced with decorative symbols and shapes.
This beautiful veilleuse has a large face (5" tall and 4" across). There are nine stars which connect to form a wreath shape. Each star is set with clear glass stones and a central sapphire glass stone. Beneath each star is a gilded brass flower which connects to a twisting "robe" channel. Large clear glass stones encircle the central etched glass medallion. The deep blue medallion is finely etched with the initial "M" with a central cross rising above. There is a beautiful cross rising at the top center which is set with four blue glass stones and a central clear stone. The use of the blue stones are symbolic for the Virgin Mary.
The gilded brass support stand has six scallops at the bottom. Six flowers rise upward across the flat brass face of each scallop petal. The support extends with arms which serve to hold a glass votive (this votive is a replacement, not original to the era of the ornament or stand).
The total height is 8 1/4" tall. The diameter of the support stand is 3". The veilleuse is in very good antique condition: there are three missing clear stones amongst the stars; the central medallion shows no chips or cracks. It stands solid on the tabletop.
It is becoming impossible to find a veilleuse with it's original support stand. This example was part of a large and old collection which preserved the two parts together. It is a very special antique religious decorative history and a gorgeous example of religious decorative art.