Rare and beautiful art of beloved Saint Clare of Assisi, founder of the Poor Clares religious order, hand painted on we believe porcelain in fine enamel, brilliant colors and shiny gold gilt monstrance and accents; in a fine French or European gold gilt ornate frame. This is miniature art, with the art measuring 2 & 1/4" across and the total size 4" across. It is in good condition with some age wear on the frame. On the lower right side are initials HS and the date 1931. Hanging hook on the top, old paper covering on the back. St Clare is most often shown holding the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament in her hands, in memory of how she held it up at her convent gates to ward off attackers. Saint Clare took her veil from beloved St Francis, the the Poor Clares were closely associated with the Franciscans. This is a rare beautiful religious icon, and a wonderful size for personal devotion or as a gift for a Priest or Sister. We believe it originated in France, but this is a guess based on design and framing; we acquired it from a European antiques dealer many years ago.
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