ANTIQUE FRENCH LARGE VICTORIAN MOURNING HAIR ART CONVEX GLASS FRAME RELIQUARY. An antique French Napoleon III era sentimental hair artwork mourning memento. It is unusual and crafted from hair as a lasting memento of a lost loved one. Set under a domed convex glass and housed within an ebonized wooden frame with brass surround.
In overall good antique condition with some wear to the wooden frame. This was made with the inscription - "Souvenir de nos chers Parents"- Souvenir of our dear Parents - written on a parchment-like paper on a brun velvet background. The flowers are very well done.This item was have been a keepsake intended to exist throughout a lifetime, much the same as a photograph today would be. So popular, specialty shops devoted to this art medium were once throughout Europe, and France, the great factories of works in hair where the artists-designers have spent countless hours working hair skillfully entrusted to flowers, curls and braids, and / or rarely landscapes to commemorate. Dimensions (21 cm) 8.27" height - (18 cm) 7.09" width. We are very pleased to help.
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