Champagne - Ardenne

Champagne region

 

 

The Valloire cross

 

 

 


Valloire cross with its original chain


cross from Valloire, Savoy, gold

 

Valloire crosses, gold

 

 

The Valloire cross has Christ on one side, Mary on the other and is distinguished by the rays emanating from the centre of the cross.  The arms are tipped with a fleur-de-lys motif.  Popular in the Champagne region, the Valloire cross was produced and worn in Champagne, Paris and the east of France and appears to be found only in gold.

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croix de Valloire en or
Valloire cross in gold, modern copy

 

 

 


Valloire and baton crosses in the catalogue by the manufacturer Baudot, Paris, Empire period


 

 

 

 
 
croix de Valloire

croix de Valloire

croix de Valloire
 

Valloire cross - it's interesting to speculate that the three stars on rods that we see protruding from the large cross in the church of Valloire
(see engraving above) may well be the origin of the three groups of spheres on the Mary side of the gold Valloire cross shown here.

 

 

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The Champagne cross

 

 

Champagne crosses in gold

 

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The Champagne cross is always uniface with an engraved and cut-out decoration, the Christ surmounting a skull with crossed shinbones. This cross is almost always made in gold.  It is in fact very similar to the neighbouring Lorraine cross, the only difference being that the cross is suspended from a thin, moveable ring whereas the Lorraine "abbesse" cross, shown below, has a wide, fixed suspension loop.

 

 

 

         
regional "abbesse" crosses worn in the Lorraine region.

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BIJOUX REGIONAUX ANCIENS

 

The grain cross

 


grain cross

 

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The grain cross or "croix à graines" has a structure made of wires of gold connected together by flat discs, themseves interspersed with circular groups of five small spheres.  A groupe of seven spheres is set at the centre of the cross, while the suspension loop is attached to a fleur-de-lys motif.  These crosses were worn in the region delimited by Paris, Chalons-en-Champagne and Troyes and perhaps further afield. 

 

 

contenu:
 

croix de Champagne - croix d'Alsace - broche alsacienne - croix de Lorraine - bijoux des régions de France - les bijoux des Français - les  bijoux de France - bijoux régionaux - bijou régional - croix écotée - pendentif Saint Esprit - Saint Esprit d'Aurillac - rose de Velay - collier d'esclavage - croix de Puy en Velay  - croix d'Auvergne - bijoux d'Auvergne - bijoux auvergnat - collier Saint Esprit de Puy en Velay - croix de Velay - bijoux d'Auvergne et du Velay - costume regional - bijoux régionaux - coiffe  - coiffe auvergnat - bijoux des régions de France - bijoux régionaux - les bijoux traditionnels Français - croix régionales - Léon Giron - Antoine Raspal - Thomas Desgeorge - Estella Canziani - esclavage auvergnat

 

 

Champagne region