Card case

Courtois EditeurLate 1820s - Early 1850s

Museo Nacional del Romanticismo

Museo Nacional del Romanticismo

The nobility and bourgeoisie of the 19th century periodically organised various kinds of social events that allowed them to open the doors of their mansions. Among the accessories that a lady had to carry in her bag or hanging on a chain were dance cards and card cases whose variety of materials and decorative motifs determined their owner’s marital status. While mother of pearl was used by single women, ivory was used by married women and jet by widows. / In this card case, both the material of the card case and its decoration shows that its bearer was a single woman, as it is made of mother of pearl and decorated with a bucolic scene in which a couple takes a dove out of a cage, symbolising the virginity that is lost with marriage.

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  • Title: Card case
  • Creator: Courtois Editeur
  • Date Created: Late 1820s - Early 1850s
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.3 x h6.5 cm
  • Type: Decorative Arts
  • Rights: Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Carved and engraved mother of pearl, ivory, velvet, moiré and paper
  • Signature: Courtois Editeur, rue Phélipeaux, 26
  • Cultural Context: Romanticism