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Antique Nineteenth Century French Paperolle Devotional Framed Monastery or Cloister Work
A simple yet striking design, it is enhanced by a central oval medallion in which the central chromolithograph Christ Child seems to float forward from the background. It originates from the south of France and dates towards 1890.
The paper edges used in the design incorporate both silver (unusual for the period) and gilt. Accents of red, blue and green would have been achieved by painting the paper edge. The work is put into a shadowbox form which enhances the paperolle design with depth. The four inner walls (3/4" thick) are covered in royal blue paper with repeating gilt stars. The bottom of the inner box has a gilt Dresden paper dentelle border placed upon a white moire paper background. The paperolle design is in the form of a large rosette. The background of each large petal form is painted red. Each petal is outlined with tiny gilt double scrolls and large silver and gilt circular scrolls. The interior space is filled by a delightful series of silver and gilt scrolls which are flanked by two pretty paperolle flowers (green leaves, gilt flowers). The rosette is is framed by gilt, red, blue and green paperolles which form beautiful flowers fanning outward toward the blue covered sides.
The central medallion has a 1/4" gilded paperolle frame with four silver and gilt flowers. A mirror effect is achieved in the background with the use of white paper, gilt Dresden paper and wide gilt scrolls. These elements seem to push the chromolithograph die cut forward and give it a floating appearance. The lithograph is a beautiful depiction of the Christ Child with arms open to the world revealing His Sacred Heart.
The outer frame and box is covered with old printed paper (from an off cast book) as is typical with work during this period. The frame is of wood, lacquered black with gilt applied to the inner 1/4" bevel with a glass pane set underneath. The box portion is of wood which has been covered in old book paper (this has been redone at least once over the years) . It measures: 9" x 12" (frame), 11" x 7 3/4" x 1" (box), the rosette 8 1/4" x 6", the lithograph die cut 2 1/2" tall. It is in very good antique condition: the frame has wear and missing bits of lacquer as is typical with age. The glass shows no breaks or chips. The paperolle design is intact with only one tendril springing forward a bit.
The work is exceptionally fine both in elements of design and execution of the work. It is a handsome example of paperolle devotional art.
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