Ornate pen and ink drawing of birds (France, 19c)
Ornate pen and ink drawing of birds (France, 19c)
Ornate pen and ink drawing of birds (France, 19c)
[original drawing, penwork, lettering]

Ornate pen and ink drawing of birds (France, 19c)



Single leaf, 9 x 14 inches, loosely housed in archival conservation matting, 16x20 inches. The image is a remarkably intricate picture of a mother with three baby birds in a finely flourised decorative border accented with blue ink. The paper has some offsetting/age toning and minor soil, Very Good overall. The leaf comes from a pen work drawing and calligraphy manuscript located in Laval, France. The Immaculate Conception Carmel at Laval was established in 1856 by the Carmelite nuns of Le Mans. Given the overtly religious themes in other surviving pages from the manuscript, it is believed to be the work of a young Carmelite sister or novitiate from before the community disbanded at the turn of the century. Shipping will be calculated by location.


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