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Wedding cloche

N° inventaire: X 2018.17 Categories: , Tag:

• Date: late 19th–early 20th

• Brand : Brillié

• Place of manufacture: Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine)

• Manufacturing technique: blown clear glass case, wooden base, velvet cushion, stamped and gilded copper decoration, wax orange blossom and mirrors

• Dimensions: H : 56 ; l : 37 ; P : 23

• Collection: Coll. Ecomusée de l’Avesnois

• Credit: © Lucie Nicolas / Ecomusée de l’Avesnois


Wedding cloches were very fashionable in the period 1850–1930. They were supposed to protect the couple from bad luck, their many mirrors reflecting the light. This composition was done on the day following the wedding and represents the changes experienced by the wife through various symbolic items: union (wedding wreath), virginity (orange blossom), happiness in love (oak leaf), births (diamond-shaped mirrors) and faithful spouses (large rectangular mirror).