The extravagant gilded paperolle design serves as an elegant dimensional frame for a beautiful oval lithograph of Ste. Therese of Lisieux (1835-1914). This framed reliquary originates from the south of France and dates towards 1930.
This example is typical of convent or monastery work. Since the early 1700's nuns and monks were adept in fine arts and produced exquisite works to ornament convents, monasteries and parishes.
The central color lithograph is mounted on a 1/4" base. It has a small frame of accordion fold paper as well as a beaded frame. The entire field which extends to the outer frame is completely covered by scrolls which form flowers, leaves and arabesques. The paper is 1/4" high which gives a very thick appearance to the work. The frame is of wood which has been varnished black. There is a brass inner ring. The glass is flat which gives more presence to the design. The reverse side of the frame is sealed with black paper.
It is in very good condition: the paperolle work retains the original design and is intact. The lithograph retains the original colors. The frame has light wear to the edges as is typical with age and use. The glass shows no cracks or chips. The paper backing is worn as is typical with age and use. It measures: 8 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 1 1/4" tall from the tabletop. The lithograph measures 3 1/4" x 2". The paperolle design (entire area under glass) measures 6" x 4 7/8".
The heavily gilded paper edges reflect light when viewed from all angles. It is a beautiful devotional work, meticulously executed by a religious community.