Carved & Gilded Cantagloria Altar Card Frame Mirror

ORIGIN: Tuscany, Italy
AGE: 18th century
DIMENSIONS: 8.5” w x 4.25” deep x 14.5” h
MATERIALS: Gilded wood, mirror
CONDITION: Very good; minor wear consistent with age and use; gilding has darkened with time


Beautifully carved and gilded wood 18th century small altar card frame or “cantagloria” from Tuscany that has been outfitted with a mirror. Highly detailed carved flowers surround the frame while a prominent eagle with wings spread is the centerpiece. Gilding has developed a somewhat darkened patina with time.

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.