I recently acquired a batch of French holy cards (images pieuses) from the 1870s. They are utterly charming engravings on paper surrounded by a lace border, which is why they are also called “dentelles,” which is the French word for lace. Cards like this were often given as gifts for a first communion, baptism, or other important events in one’s church life and were cherished.
I have made this into high-resolution (300 dpi) scans that you can download and print or use digitally in your own collage, journal, or other mixed media work. TO USE: click on an image below for a larger resolution. You either print from there or right click and copy into an editing programme such as Paint and then size and print from there.
Please check back soon as I will be adding some images pieuses in [read more]
I decided to create these vintage packages with a religious theme to showcase some of the French sacred ephemera I have found (or that has found me. I never know which it is). While this lot would, of course, be perfect for someone who cherishes them as devotional items, they are also charming, vintage collectibles for anyone who likes French brocante. This lot contains:
19th-century rosary of heavy, yellow milk glass. It has two medals, one smaller and very worn one of Mary on one side and the letter “M” intertwined with a cross on the back. The larger medal is of Saint Pacifigodi Severino and has a maker’s mark of “L.M.” As he was canonised in 1839, it is likely that the medal dates from then, as this is traditional. This is an Italian medal, so this could be an Italian rosary rather than a French one, but I did buy it in France and it is also possible that it was originally French and an Italian medal was added but at any rate, it is one of the most beautiful and unusual rosaries I have ever seen, so it goes in with this lot!) It is [read more]
NOTE: I will be posting new book boxes in September 2020. Please email or DM on Instagram to go on a wait list to be first in line!
This new round of book boxes full of hard-to-find paper and other French brocante for use in your art journals, junk journals, assemblage, or other mixed media projects. Below is a list of the basic ingredients but please note that each and every box will be different. If there are any major substitutions to be made, I will ask you about them before you buy so that I can make sure it is something you are happy with. If possible, I can try to adjust the contents to your specific interests so just let me know and we will see what can be done. (I will be featuring English themed boxes in November, so if that is more your thing, hang on for that!)
- One vintage rosary;
- Ten yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
- Three yards heavy French linen chanvre twine;
- Vintage tin (distressed);
- Misc. buttons;
- Three cartes postale, two with handwriting;
- Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine. Each will date from the 1870s to the 1880s and comes in a signature with four pages;
- Two [read more]