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Marriage Globe, Antique French Ring bearer cushion (A) wedding C

$187

Marriage Globe, Antique French Ring bearer cushion (A) wedding C

A stunning Napoleon lll antique French marriage globe dating from around 1880, the cushion was used to display either the wedding bands during, or the bride#39;s crown or headpiece after, the ceremony. Both original filigree edged mirrors are in place, with no chips, although the silver oxide on the back of both is a little milky in places.

This example has a well worn but still beautiful shabby chic red velvet cushion in place. The delicate gold metal filigree leaves and bird carrying a ring surround the original bevelled mirror.

You could add anything to this to make it your own. Great to display your jewellry on it or for a boudoir centre piece. It includes the (removable) original Bride#39;s headpiece, gently beaded in minuscule ivory beads and the Groom#39;s corsage, made from waxed buds and wire.

It is a beautiful delicate confection from a bygone era, and would have originally taken pride of place on display in a dining room in a maison de maitre, amongst the borgeoisie, generally with a glass globe over the top to protect the contents from becoming dusty.

Height 17quot; (43cm), width 10quot; (25cm), depth 9quot; (23cm)
Size of red cushion 10quot; (25cm) x 5quot; (12.5cm)
Weight 389g

A little bit of history about these unique French historical items:

The tradition of Globe de Mariée display pieces began in France, in the 1800′s. It was a display for married couples, to preserve their wedding souvenirs as well as tell the story of their wedding life together. Placed prominently in the formal dining room, it held the Bride’s Crown, or Bridal Tiara made from fresh or wax Orange Blossoms, at times her Wax Floral Bouquet, and the groom#39;s wax flower corsage.

The bride groom chose items for their personalized display such as mirrors, porcelain pieces, and ormolu (gold plated) cut-outs. Each had a special and very personal meaning to them, it was a symbol that told the story of the bridal couple.

Over the years special items were added, photographs, little locks of their babies hair, jewelry, more ormolu symbols. Each was carefully pinned to the velvet or silk cushion, most of the cushions were red, although pink, blue and gold were also produced.

During the height of their popularity in the Napoleon III era, there were many ready-made bases couples could pick from, then add their choice of gilded symbols, mirrors, porcelain flowers, and other gilt decorations, making each one of these highly personal, and unique. After all the ormolu pieces were attached by the jeweller, the display piece was covered with a very fine, thin and handblown glass dome.

Each symbol had meaning:
The Bird: The symbol of Love.
Leaves: Longevity of the Marriage Union.
Orange Blossoms: Virginity.
Roses: for eternal love.
Daisies: for purity and innocence.
Ivy Leaves: commitment to each other.
Lime Leaves: symbolized fidelity.
Oak Leaves: for strength and longevity of the couple.
Chestnut Leaves: for links to others.
Fig Leaves: for prosperity.
The tree: a symbol of love and strength.
Four Leaf Clover: Good Fortune {luck}
Sheaves of Wheat: fertility, and also to the resurrection of life.
Cherries: for protection against bad fortune.
Clusters of Grapes: prosperity.
The Dove: symbolized the desire for peace in the home.
The Bird holding a laurel wreath: symbolized that as a bird makes its nest,
so does the woman build her family.

Each mirror had meaning:

The central (largest) mirror evoked the reflection of the soul, symbolizing the truth.
Rectangular mirrors were related to the number of years between the couple’s meeting and their promised marriage.
The oval mirrors were good luck gifts offered by the bridesmaids.
The number of small diamond-shaped mirrors represented the number of children the couple wished for.

I have left it as I have found it, only brushing the dust off.

I have tried to capture the true colors of the gilt, taking my photographs in natural day light. But please consider that all computer monitors and screens may have subtle differences in how colors are reproduced.

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