19th Century French Gilt Crown

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Recently acquired from an avid French collector, this gorgeous gilt crown is a rare find. While the former owner stated she received the crown as a gift from Her Majesty... the result of her sending a letter to the Queen explaining the two were born on the same day and the same year, we're not quite sure that's the truth. It's a great story though! Based on our knowledge, we believe this piece to be mid to late 19th century (possibly Napolean III) and most likely was procured from a French Chapel where it graced a religious statue. It appears to be missing its crucifix atop, which looks to have broken at some point in its life.  We love the points of the acanthus as the curve into graceful shapes. A truly gorgeous heirloom. This piece would be wonderful atop a furniture piece as an accent or perhaps fashioned as a ciel de lit? 

 

- Size : 8 in x 8 in x 6 in 
- Materials : gilt, metal, bronze
- Provenance : 1850s - 1900
- Sourced from : the South
- Made in : France
- Notes : Does have a few broken points (its top). Very heavy. A screw hole is arranged in the bottom center, which is most likely where it was attached to its former perch.

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