A Glorious And Extremely Rare Antique Italian Reliquary, 1700’s
This glorious and one of a kind antique Italian reliquary was discovered in November of 2021 in Florence. It dates from the second half of the 18th century and it comes from a private collection of exceptional devotional treasures. It is created within an oval shaped paper frame with glass where a wonderful hand coloured engraving of the Virgin Mary is adorned with the exceptional “paperolle” and delicate sea shells. The “paperolle” or the quilling also known as the paper filigree is an art that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and placed together to create complex decorative designs. This technique became extremely popular During the Renaissance when French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. This is a fascinating example that is still in relatively good condition considering its age, with minor signs of ageing that in my opinion only brings forward its true beauty and splendour today. It measures about 19 x 17 x 3 cm or approximately 7.4 x 6.7 x 1.9 inches and it is exactly as I discovered it. For the full condition please refer to the images!
19 x 17 x 3 cm or 7.4 x 6.7 x 1.9 inches
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