Antique French reliquary with paperolles, sacred art reliquary with religious image of baby Jesus & paperolles


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🌟 Antique French Reliquary: A Timeless Treasure

Step into the world of sacred art with our exquisite Antique French Reliquary adorned with paperoles. This round-shaped reliquary is a testament to craftsmanship and devotion, encapsulating a divine aura.

🎁 A Unique Reliquary
Housed within a handcrafted round box, this reliquary is a rare find. The front is protected by a clear material that is not glass. Adorned with gilded paperoles, the central oval chromolithograph portrays the serene image of Baby Jesus, accompanied by three small parchments bearing the names of saints. The reliquary’s sides are embellished with intricate metallic trimming and golden corrugated cardboard rays.

📜 A Glimpse into History
Paperoles, derived from the French “papier roulé” (rolled paper), represent a cherished art form of the 18th to 19th centuries. Traditionally crafted by cloistered nuns, these reliquaries combine sacred images and relics with meticulous paper artistry, gilded threads, embroidery, and precious materials. The result is a masterpiece that reflects symbolism, theology, and devotion. Paperoles are both intimate and exquisite, designed for private use and favored by clergy and aristocrats alike.

🎨 A Rich Symbolism
Every detail in this reliquary carries profound meaning, symbolizing fertility, life, and the devotion to saints. The intricate filigree work, inspired by goldsmith techniques, involves rolling thin strips of golden paper, often adorned with floral motifs and precious embellishments like beads, shells, corals, textiles, glass, and bone fragments attributed to saints.

📏 Measurements:

Dimensions: 3 1/8″ by 5 1/2″ (7.8 cm by 140cm)
Height: 1/2″ (1.2 cm)
✨ Preserved Beauty
This antique reliquary stands as a testament to time, showcasing its age through a unique patina that adds character. Please explore the photos closely to appreciate its enchanting allure.

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Unlock the magic of history with this Antique French Reliquary. Embrace its divine aura and make it a cherished addition to your collection.

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