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Collection of Victorian 'lace' paper prayer cards or canivets, printed prayer cards.

Germany; France: c.1868. "A canivet is a particular kind of pious image or holy image (santini in Italian) of Christian iconography. The edges of the cards the canivets depicts are treated (openwork) to mimic lace. Early specimens feature chiseled motifs surrounding a miniature painted in oil, gouache or watercolor, representing a saint or illustrating a biblical scene. This type of image, which was kept in missals as a devotional support, was in vogue in the 17th and 18th centuries. From the middle of the nineteenth century, we find many imitatations of canivets: the "lace images" were made semi-industrial (printed engravings and mechanically perforated cutouts imitating lace)"--Wiki (canivets). Many of these cards do feature hand-colored engravings and floral embellishments of pastoral scenes of Mary and Christ. This collection of cards are examples created in Germany and France. Very Good+. Collections consists of six lace paper (canivets) prayer cards and six printed engraving cards, some color, some handcolored, one of the canivets is printed and painted on a transparency-like film. Evidence of use and water damage, some of the lace corners chipped, otherwise in very good condition. Several of the prayer cards are annotated or printed on the verso. Text in German and French. Item #9984

Price: $225.00

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