The 'mariage' was a popular memento of a marriage, particularly in France, during the late 19th century. The bouquet of wax flowers or the bridal headpiece was preserved under glass - this example should have a glass globe to complete and preserve the precious items inside, but it is absent. The bird, grapes, leaves and flowers are all gilt and there are three small mirrors. The timber base is oval with a wide ridge that would have held the glass. It stands on four turned feet and the decorative component is attached to it with a stand of brass wire. The bouquet of wax flowers is still attached to the seat, which is upholstered in red velvet. The condition is very good for age with some fading and rubbing of the velvet and one area of staining on the base. It may be possible to find a correct sized globe, or if so desired, to have one blown; but despite its absence, this piece still presents as a charming and appealing memento of a previous sentimental custom, and could display nicely in a cabinet. Height 20.5 ins (52cm), width of base 12 ins (30.cm). Weight 1200 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 71. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $ 68.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
French Globe de Mariage, late 19th century
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