19th c. Carved & Gilded Cantagloria Altar Card Frame

ORIGIN: Tuscany, Italy
AGE: 19th century
DIMENSIONS: 9.5” wide x 12” h x 1.5” thick
MATERIALS: Wood, gesso, gold leaf, glass, paper
CONDITION: Condition is very good with wear consistent with age and use and one barely visible old repair to a crack on the upper right - see photo.

Description

Beautifully carved and gilded wood 19th century altar card frame or “cantagloria” from Tuscany.  Classic acanthus leaf scrolls flank the sides and it is footed which is traditional.  Often, mirrors are placed inside of altar card frames to use as home décor, and that could be done with this beautiful frame as well. 

Altar cards were placed on the altar only during Mass and they framed the written prayers that the priest would have recited during the Mass.