French wedding dome Glass Dome with velvet cushion c.1860
In 18th-century France, well-to do newly weds would record the start of their married life by creating a wedding dome often gifted by their Mother (Globe de Mariee). The velvet cushion with gilt thread embellishment is supported on a hand gilded “Old Paris” porcelain support.The bride’s tiara would have been placed on a velvet cushion beneath a glass and ebonised dome and surrounded by various symbols (wax flowers, mirrors and ormulu details) to signify hope for a long and abundant marriage.
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