THIS ITEM IS SOLD*** Antique 19th Century French Gilded Silver Sacred Heart Ex Voto
A spectacular beauty, the gilt wash over silver imparts an extraordinary patina. This ex voto originates from France and dates towards 1880.
Vermeil is the term for gilt wash over silver. It was used extensively in France during the period of Napoleon III into 1890. This sacred heart has a magical finish. The silver shines through in the flat portions which gives the gilt engraved design an air of floating across the face of the heart. This two-toned countenance is rare in a French sacred heart.
The face is entirely filled by delicate hand tooled engraving. Two large roses with stems and leaves curve up both sides. A very large initial, "M" for Marie had a very tall radiating cross rising from the center. The engraving is executed with tiny hatch marks which allow the design to stand out with depth and texture. The flame is deeply grooved and has a mounted ring at the back for threading a ribbon or chain. The interior is heavily gilded with a matte finish, giving the appearance of fine silk. The voto bears two hallmarks; the word "Depose" (patent mark) and the Sanglier silver hallmark.
It measures: 4 5/8" x 2 3/8" and is 1 1/8" thick. It is in beautiful antique condition: very, very light scratching to back typical of age and use. The patina remains brilliant; the door opens and closes properly.
These precious votos are representatives of faith, hope and belief in healing (prayers answered, miracles given). The box form is specific to France, being used to hold a handwritten intention or prayer. Each voto has its own special spirit, having played small part in devotional history.
This item has SOLD**Large Antique 19th Century French Gilded Bronze Flat Back Sacred Heart Ex Voto
***THIS ITEM HAS SOLD*** This is a glorious example which would have served in a parish church. It originates from the south of France and dates circa 1890. The flat...
TINY Antique Nineteenth Century French Silver Sacred Heart Ex Voto
The small and precious treasure holds within the interior pocket, a hand cut silver bouquet of three roses. The pocket is specific to French ex voto sacred hearts, and were...
This item has SOLD*** Antique 19th Century Jesuit French Mother of Pearl Sacred Heart Ex Voto
This item has been SOLD; please do not purchase.This is a spectacular and rare sacred heart ex voto which bears the initials for the Jesuit order, The Society of Jesus....