This small and outstandingly decorative item was produced in Europe during the late 18th century, circa 1780 to 1800. This is the perfect artwork to enhance your 18th century devotional, ex voto, reliquary collection.....we adore such pieces, see last image.
The miniature painting is mounted on woven silk and surrounded by silk needlework flowers and gold metal thread latticework with gold spangles. The entire housed under THE most magical old bubbled and wavy glass, set within its original frame with the most wonderful gilt slip and colorway. The all original, dry patina of the frame is just stunning.
The central watercolor painting on parchment/vellum depicts Saint Dominic. Saint Dominic (b 1170 – d 1221) was a Castilian priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers.
The image features common attributes seen in depictions of Saint Dominic for example the star on his forehead, the Rosary beads and Lilies in one hand and a book in the other. At his feet is a dog with a torch in its mouth.
The story is told that before his birth his barren mother made a pilgrimage to the Abbey at Silos and dreamed that a dog leapt from her womb carrying a torch in its mouth, and ‘seemed to set the earth on fire’. This story drew resonance from the fact that his order became known, after his name, as the Dominican order, Dominicanus in Latin which a play on words interpreted as Domini canis: ‘Dog of the Lord.’
Measuring: Frame width 6.25 inch (16 cm) by height 8 1/8 inch (20.5 cm). Frame depth 0.75 inch (2 cm). Aperture width 4 inch (10 cm) by height 5.75 inch (14.5 cm).
Condition: Very good with only very minor wear to frame commensurate with age.
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