B985 - SOLD
This is an exquisite antique French diorama dating from the Napoleon III era C 1860. It would make a lovely addition to a religious display perhaps grouped on a wall with others.
It features a beautiful carving of 'NOTRE DAME DE GRÂCE' and was possibly bought as a souvenir of a visit to the chapel at Honfleur.
The carving of Our Lady is beautifully executed. She wears a gorgeous cloak which envelops her and the Infant Jesus. They both wear stunning crowns and she carries a bouquet of roses. In the background is a little sailing boat on the sea at Honfleur. At the base of the carving is the inscription.
Surrounding the carving and still within the domed glass is a teal velvet border which has faded to perfection.The frame is made of ebonised wood and has a little distressing.
The diorama has survived the last 160 years in good condition. The fading and distressing just gives character to this wonderful old piece.
It measures :- 21 cm (8.25 inches) high x 18 cm (7 inches) wide.
A lovely old religious diorama to display and enjoy and another divine antique French brocante find from La Belle Étoffe.
Please hover cursor over picture for magnified detail and click on picture for enlarged photo.
Possible delivery methods: U.K. & France, Europe, Rest of World