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Globe de Mariee with Heart Mirror and Birds (hw1343)

This is a beautiful example of a Globe de Mariee, an ornate gift traditionally presented to a young catholic bride-to-be for displaying her 'crown' or bouquet and examples date from approximately 1820 to 1920. This particular example is towards the later period and the details are superb. The design includes bunches of grapes and vine leaves, along with a bevelled heart shaped mirror adorned with birds, a butterfly and rosehips.The plush velvet cushion with its dainty pansy flower studs sits awaiting the bridal crown of artificial flowers of the orange tree. The many mirrors are surrounded by the beautiful gilt ormolu style decoration and the display sits on its original wooden stand. (Read on below for further information on this special wedding tradition.) No two globe de Mariees are the same and this wonderful example is a stunning example. It is approximately 23" high and 16" wide. In excellent condition for its age. Some age-spotting to a few mirrors, metalwork and minor wear to velvet. No glass dome.

The 'globes' are made primarily from tin and usually protected by a glass dome (these were initally the dust covers intended for clocks) or more rarely, an etched glass casket case. From around 1830, the artificial flower became popular and coincides with the growing popularity of the Globe de Mariee. The artificial flowers of the orange tree were often included to dress the display. This particular flower was a symbol of virginity, so it was a very appropriate and meaningful choice. The various flowers, leaves and mirrors all represent a wealth of custom and symbolism, with the mirrors often signifying the number of children the couple wished to have. After the marriage, other objects would be displayed alongside the bridal crown such as photos and keepsakes from the wedding. Over time further items such as photographs and locks of hair belonging to both newborn and deceased loved ones were also added.

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Globe de Mariee with Heart Mirror and Birds
(Product Code: hw1343)
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