This old French Souvenir has the words "Souvenir De St Antoin De Padoue Et Brive (Correze)" This translates to "Souvenir of Saint Anthony of Padoue and Brive (in the Correze region of France), embossed on a gold coloured garland, above a glossy printed image of St Anthony with a child in his arms.
Dressed in monk's robes Anthony holds white lillies and both he and the child have gold embossed halos.
The black background with gold coloured embossing and applied printed image, give this souvenir an almost 3D appearance.
The oval frame is glazed with clear glass to the front and has a ring for hanging on the back
"Saint Anthony of Padua, (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 1195 – 13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon and died in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was the second-most-quickly canonized saint after Peter of Verona. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946. He is also the patron saint of finding things or lost people.
The year 1226 saw Anthony establishing a friary in Brive, France. It was here that Anthony found the necessary peace to restore his strength after the exhausting labours of preaching. He withdrew to some caves just outside the town. Here he dedicated himself to penance and contemplation.
After his death, his memory was kept alive among the inhabitants of Brive, and the caves where he stayed have become a place of pilgrimage
Although having been confiscated by the state during the uncertain times following the French Revolution, the sanctuary of Brive was bought back by the friars in 1874 and re-consecrated in 1895. Since then it has become the national centre of Anthonian devotion in France."
The overall condition is good and although there are signs of wear and age to the frame it is still a very lovely item.
Approx 3 5/8 inches high
3 inches wide
Approx 1/2 inch deep
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