Rare and large French antique reliquary. 16 Saints. Paperolles.
This is a very interesting find for us. Dating from the late 19thCentury this is a devotional reliquary for 16 saints. The Saint's names are hand written on thin paper and set within paperolles decoration which has gold edging. This surrounds an image of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus in bright blues and reds. There is no damage we can see inside and all the paperolles seem intact and unravelled though the names have aged a little (see below).
The relics themselves seem to be small stones or bone fragments. For obvious reasons we have not opened the frame to inspect closely or verify!
The reliquary has a glass cover which is uncracked and has only pinprick marks from age. Surrounding is a decorative lightweight gilt plaster frame with only very small scuffs and age marks to the gilt. There is a string already fixed so this is ready for hanging.
Overall this is clean though some dust is visible at the bottom under the glass. At some point someone has put clear tape around the back to seal the frame.
The saints names are only partially readable but we think we have left to right in each row from top to bottom: Coelestin, Victoire M, Chantal, P. de Rome, Prudence (?), Clément, Victoire, Felicite, P De Rome, [unclear], [unclear], Felicité, [unclear], Chantal, Clément, Marte.