This is a beautiful piece of monastery or convent work, fashioned by Nuns. It originates from Paris and dates towards 1860. The central aquarelle image depicts Jesus as a small child holding a cross, standing next to a lamb.
This style of frame and paperolle work was typically fashioned by Nuns in the mid to late 19th century. Small strips of paper were rolled around a small object to form flowers and scrolls, giving this type of art it's name. This type of work was tedious and painstaking with many hours spent in creating an individual piece.I in this piece, the paper edges in the overall designs are gilt tipped, giving the flowers and scrolls a luminous and shimmering quality. The central image is an aquarelle with gilt accents on the starry background and the halo. There are eight puffs of cotton with paper bands (most of the bands are unreadable due to the passage of time).
The wooden frame is oval and beveled stained in the dark black so favored during this period. It has a beautiful convex glass. There is an inner rim of gilded brass. It measures: 7 1/4" x 6 1/8" and 1" deep. The back has two glued pieces of paper to reinforce the frame (added sometime in the piece's history). There are remains of a blue ribbon at the top with a nail and a string for hanging. It is in very good antique condition: the central color aquarelle image has some heat crazing at the bottom of the image, the small strips of paper identifying the Saints are mostly unreadable. The convex glass has no cracks or chips: the paperolle design is intact and in good condition.
It is a beautiful small devotional piece, with a rich and elegant design. It would be perfect for a small devotional vignette.
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