ANTIQUE FRENCH 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 a flower in the middle of a wreath of leaves and the IP initials. This still has its original label, with the name of the artist who created it (AU CONVOI DU PAUVRE - AMIOT LUIN - ARTISTE EN CHEVEUX - SPECIALITE DE BIJOUX EN OR - PASSAGE DU CERF N° 34 A PARIS). 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 (14 cm) 5.51" height - (12.5 cm) 4.92" width. We are very pleased to help.
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