Saint Therese Of The Roses Cot Pendant, Silver Plated Medal Signed Karo Set Into Bakelite, Made By Atelier St Joseph At Lisieux, Circa 1930
A beautiful cot pendant that would have been made as a baptism medal and hung at the head of the bed of a child.
It was made around 1930 by The Atelier Saint Joseph in Lisieux, France as they were the official workshop producing ratified images and artifacts of St Therese. It is signed by the famous French medallist, Karo.
The medal is silver plated onto bronze and it is set into a lovely sunburst, ivory coloured, bakelite setting and backed with gorgeous grey green bakelite. Very unusual.
It measures 6.5x5 cm not including the bail.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (Born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin, January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, O.C.D., was a French Discalced Carmelite nun. She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus" or simply, "The Little Flower".
Thérèse has been a highly influential model of sanctity for Catholics and for others because of the "simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life". Together with St. Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the history of the church. Pope Pius X called her "the greatest saint of modern times".
Thérèse felt an early call to religious life, and overcoming various obstacles, in 1888 at the early age of 15, she became a nun and joined two of her elder sisters in the cloistered Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, having fulfilled various offices such as sacristan and assistant to the novice mistress, and having spent her last eighteen months in Carmel in a night of faith, she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. Her feast day is on October 1. Thérèse is well known throughout the world, with the Basilica of Lisieux being the second largest place of pilgrimage in France after Lourdes