Antique 19th Century French Gilded Bronze Sacred Heart Ex Voto with Socle
The little stand or socle has been fashioned from paper board. It is tall and in a square-inspired pyramid form. It is covered in a blue paper and is embellished with gilt metal braid. The sacred heart is of gilded bronze. It has a beautiful flame which is embellished with tiny raised dots (this is a bit unusual). The dots give a lovely texture to the flame. There is a large "M" for Mary on the face which is hand engraved with horizontal stripes. The stripes give a shimmer to the large initial. The heart opens to a brilliant gilded interior. The latches are unusual and of a finer workmanship than is normally found. The heart is heavy and solid. It is attached to the socle with a gilt metal thread which is placed through the hanging ring at the back.
The sacred heart measures: 3 3/8" x 2" x 1/2" thick. The socle measures: 4 1/4" tall, 2 1/4" wide at the bottom, 1 5/8" wide at top. Both pieces are in very good antique condition.
Once used as a devotional piece, it has a glorious presence and patina. The socle is unique, made especially to honor and hold the sacred heart.
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