Absolutely fantastic antique French wedding vitrine or casket that is perfect for doll display! I love these incredible antique wedding caskets that display the bride's headdress, jewelry, wax flowers and other wedding items. It was such a lovely French wedding tradition in the mid 1800's to the early 1900's and was displayed in a place of honor in the bride and groom's home. This wedding vitrine is especially beautiful and perfect to remove the wedding pillow and display your small antique dolls. The vitrine is an unusual five glass paneled shape with a velvet covered wooden back. The vitrine has beautiful elaborate gold colored metal scroll work on the tops and sides, plus beautiful gold metal feet. This very special vitrine measures 11 1/2" tall counting the feet and the glass display part measures 10" tall and 5 1/2" deep, which would be the perfect size to display your small bisque head doll or all bisque. The velvet appears more of a fuchsia color in the pictures and I wasn't able to get the true red color in the pictures. So the color of the velvet is more of a red hued fabric. The back of the vitrine and the floor are covered in the red velvet and it is in good plush antique condition. The gorgeous very fancy matching velvet pillow measures 5" tall and 5 1/2" deep. It has beautiful gold colored metal flowers and leaves, a mirror in the front, and fancy gold metal scroll work around the top holding the flowers. This is one of the fanciest wedding pillows I have seen. The original wedding wax flowers, cloth flowers and necklace are attached to the pillow. There is a spot of melted wax on the mirror in the corner. The pillow will easily come out of the vitrine and can be displayed next to it or on it's own. The wooden backing has the red velvet covering on the inside. It has it's original paper label still on the back but the wording is gone. One of the metal holders that keep the wooden backing in place is missing on the left hand top but is not needed. The back of the wood is slightly warped on the right hand side but can be worked into place. There is a very tiny piece of the gold metal at the top left hand side that the gold has worn off, an easy fix and not noticeable.
I have had this very beautiful and special French wedding vitrine in my personal collection and have enjoyed it's beauty so much. I have had many French wedding vitrines over the years but this was one of my favorites. It will be a very special display case for your special small doll or a beautiful accessory to display with your bride dolls! Just imagine this in a display with French Fashions in their wedding attire! I fell in love with French wedding vitrines or caskets after Theriaults had a fabulous auction years ago, featuring them with French Fashions. I have been in love with the vitrines ever since, such a beautiful and special tradition. c. 1860 to 1900
Fabulous Antique French Wedding Vitrine