Antique Ormolu French Globe de Mariée .The 'Mariée ' was a popular memento of a marriage, mostly in France during the late 19th century. The tradition of Globe de Mariée display pieces began in France, in the 1800’s, as a display for married couples to preserve their wedding souvenirs. Placed in a formal room, it held either the bridal tiara made from fresh or wax Orange Blossoms, or her wax floral bouquet.
The bride & groom chose additional items for their personalized display. Each had a special meaning to them, and were symbols that told the story of the bridal couple. This one has a bridal headpiece of wax flowers, and the entire display would have been preserved under glass - in this case the globe, as is frequent, is missing. The bird, leaves and sunflowers are all gilt and there are three small diamond-shaped mirrors, all of which have lost their silver and all of which have foxing. There is also a rectangular mirror than maintains its silvering. The number of diamond shaped mirrors represented the number of children the couple hoped for. The wooden base is oval, painted black, with a wide ridge that would have held the glass. There are four turned feet and the decorative component is attached to it with a stand of brass wire. The headpiece of wax flowers (delicate) is still loosely attached to the seat, which is tufted and upholstered in red silk velvet. The velvet shows wear and melting but that adds to the chic of this piece, to my eye. The ormolu is in fabulous condition. There are ceramic flowers resembling stephanotis attached to the top and along the lower half. A lovely piece even without the glass and perfect for the French ladies to admire. Measurements are 22 inches high by 12 inches wide by 5.25 inches deep. Larger box needed but not heavy.