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Antique Hand Cut Canivet Holy Card Saint Phillip

Antique Hand Cut Canivet Holy Card Saint Phillip

Regular price $150.00 USD
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Early 19th century devotional painting of Saint Phillip. These delicately pierced cards are known as a canivets, so called for the name of the small knife used to cut the intricate patterns. Cloistered nuns and monks made these to support themselves or charities. These beautiful pieces were the precursor to the machine-made lace paper seen in so many later devotional cards, which are also called canivets. The perforations on this one are very fine, even needle-like.

The card depicts Saint Philip, one of the twelve apostles. Presented in the early 20th century white wooden frame in which I found it. Refer to photos for size.

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