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A beautiful new arrival at Fabulously French.

This is called a Globe de Mariée and is something that would have been kept by a newly married couple to display the keepsakes from their special day. 

Usually this has a glass dome over it to protect it from dust and wind and breakage but as the globes are very fragile, many were broken and you often find them minus the glass globe just like this one.

You can add anything to this to make it your own. Great to dispaly your jewelry on it or a bedroom focal piece.  I have mine on my vanity to showcase my favourite  jewellery pieces!

more info:
The tradition of Globe de Mariée Display pieces began in France, in the 1800′s. It was a display for married couples, to preserve their wedding souvenirs as well as tell the story of their wedding & life together. Placed prominently in the formal dining room, it held the Bride’s Crown, or Bridal Tiara made from fresh or wax Orange Blossoms, at times her Wax Floral Bouquet.

The bride & groom chose items for their personalized display such as mirrors, porcelain pieces, and ormolu {gold plated}cut-outs. Each had a special and very personal meaning to them, it was a symbol that told the story of the bridal couple. The number of small diamond-shaped mirrors represented the number of children the couple hoped for.Over the years special items were added, photographs, little locks of their babies hair, jewelry, more ormolu symbols. 

Each was carefully pinned to the velvet or silk cushion, most of the cushions were Red, although Pink, Blue and Gold were also produced.

During the height of their popularity in the Napoleon III era, there were many ready-made bases couples could pick from, then add their choice of gilded symbols, mirrors, porcelain flowers, and other gilt decorations, making each one of these highly personal, and unique. After all the ormolu pieces were attached by the jeweler, the display piece was covered with a very fine, thin and handblown dome.Each symbol had meaning:

The Bird: The symbol of Love.
Leaves: Longevity of the Marriage Union.
Orange Blossoms: Virginity.
Roses: for eternal love.
Daisies: for purity and innocence.
Ivy Leaves: commitment to each other.
Lime Leaves: symbolized fidelity.
Oak Leaves: for strength and longevity of the couple.

Chestnut Leaves: for links to others.
Fig Leaves: for prosperity.
The tree: a symbol of love and strength.
Four Leaf Clover: Good Fortune {luck}
Sheaves of Wheat: fertility, and also to the resurrection of life.
Cherries: for protection against bad fortune.
Clusters of Grapes: prosperity.
The Dove: symbolized the desire for peace in the home.
The Bird holding a laurel wreath: symbolized that as a bird makes its nest, so does the woman build her family.

Each mirror had meaning:

The central {largest} mirror evoked the reflection of the soul, symbolizing the truth.

Rectangular mirrors were related to the number of years between the couple’s meeting and their promised marriage.

The oval mirrors were good luck gifts offered by the bridesmaids.

The number of small diamond-shaped mirrors represented the number of children the couple wished for.

The trapezoidal mirror symbolized the perfect agreement.

You will find details of the one that we have available for sale here.

bonne fin de semaine à tous, Leeann x


  1. Those are so pretty and every Victorian want to be home and shabby chic home needs one LOL

    I think they are so interesting, especially since they have become popular after all these years

  2. The Globe de Mariée story is fascinating, such an amazing piece of history. I love how you have explained the meanings of the flowers and ornaments.

  3. Leeann, thanks for such lovely description of a beautiful item...


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

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