Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869
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Large 14" Antique French Napoleon III era Mourning Hair Art, Father Memorial Dated 1869

Substantial 19th century French Napoleon III era mourning hair artwork. Entirely crafted from hair as a lasting memento of a lost loved one. Sentimental miniatures, like sentimental jewelry, reached a height of popularity in the late Georgian era / Napoleonic era. The superb artistry is evident in the careful placement of finely arranged hair atop a painted 'sky' background. Unusual to find a mourning piece with an image of the father. Represented here with a sepia photograph, standing beside the tomb with a wreath in hand. The large tomb with an epitaph of "Souvenir d'un Père", in memory of father, monogrammed J.B.D. and dated July 6th 1869. Pansy flowers dot the ground beneath, and a single pansy adorns the top of the tomb, symbolizing remembrance. The scene is flanked by cypress trees and evergreens or pine trees. All set below the canopy of a three-dimensional weeping willow tree, with a cascade of individually constructed leaves crafted from brunette hair, 'weeping' above the tomb. Set under a large domed convex glass and housed within a painted wooden frame with brass surround. The back bears the label for the specialty shop who crafted the artwork, labeled as Hamel of 22 rue Le Campion in Granville, an awarded maker who specialized in hair works of all sorts. In overall very good condition. Measures 14 5/8" x 12 1/8" oval.