Peter & Christine Tyndall are always first in the mail with an art worked card – my piece of ephemera was another X for my collection (and subsequent post on ephemeral-male) while Barbara’s post card caught us both buy surprise. We opened the envelope together and she received her birthday wish for July 9 two days early. And what a cracker of a find, below:

Saint Eloi – Patron des Joailliers-Oftévres, Bronze du Maître Orfévre ANDRÉ SAGLIER (Exclusivité de la Chambre Syndicale B. J. O.) – This figure actually comes down to us from the early trade guilds of Barcelona in the early 14th C. Guilds often grouped together various trades, the had royal protection and each was placed under the protection of a saint. The argenters (silver smiths) or orfebres (those who worked with fine metals) received royal approval in May 1381 and St Eloi was adopted as their patron saint because of their connection with the work that this saint carried out in his youth. – Margarita Tinto {published in Jewellery Studies, 6/1993 – Society of Jewellery Historians}

. . . so excited, I’m now busy looking for an antique frame to mount and hang this is the studio downstairs. Also so synchronous because a goldsmith blogger friend in Melbourne recently posted another figurative sculpture of a Roman jeweller – here.

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