Very unusual example of a marriage globe.
This appears to be English, having the name Swanson to the base, and eschewing all of the traditional French elements normally found in a Globe de Mariee. There is no red velvet cushion, no gilt-work.
The couple have opted for a subdued and reserved take on the traditional style, with the brides headdress of wax orange blossom and gold silk surrounding a bisque cherub who is carrying a bouquet of cotton flowers.
This is a superb interior design piece, with the brittle silk bow crumbling at the back and the sun aged velvet base it is the epitome of faded glamour, it is also as far as I can tell pretty much unique in it's style.
The dome and ebonised base are in all round excellent condition and are a great example in their own right. There are a couple of minor scratches to the glass but no chips or cracks, it is solid, heavy and intact. The whole is 25cm across and 31cm tall.
The cherub has some chips missing on the sea shell carrying the bouquet. The bouquet and the mandolin are not physically attached, but there are traces of resin that suggest their original placement in the shell and at the base of the bouquet. I have them balancing which they manage solidly but they can be permanently attached easily enough if you wanted (I am leaving them separate for safer postage).
The wax blossoms are in perfect condition though appear aged, the silk on the headdress is brittle now and has collapsed at one side. The bouquet has some signs of ageing but is in perfect physical condition.
Globe de Mariee rare English example circa 1800's
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