c1920 Framed French Sacred Heart Bullion Embroidered Banner


A fine condition quite large antique French religious processional Silk banner, featuring the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which has been mounted, framed and glazed.

The embroidery on silk shows the centrally mounted heart, with cushion backing that gives it a wonderful 3 dimensional look. The heart is embroidered in gold bullion thread, with a ring of silver flowers around it. Out of the top are sprouting lilies, also in gold and silver, the edges highlighted in red thread. A dagger traverses the heart from top to bottom. Below the heart are the words in gold ‘PRIEZ POUR NOUS’ (PRAY FOR US). Surrounding all this are floral branches, also gold embroidered.

This would have been a processional banner, of deep importance to the Christian faith and typical of Catholic iconography. Condition is good, but there are a few horizontal stress tears to the silk fabric and some light water staining. The banner has been tastefully framed in a gilded frame.

Size image: 47 x 65 cm (18 ½ x 25 5/8 inches)
Size frame: 62 x 80 x 4.5 cm (24 3/8 x 31 ½ x 1 ¾ inches)
Weight: 5.65kg