I started buying ecclesiastical antiques in France many years ago. Back then, as now, I was interested in design and found that France abounded in different styles from the Baroque to Gothic and that many of the items I found were from churches, monasteries or convents. It seemed then that so many religious houses were closing or combining that much of their contents found their way into the open market. I was fortunate to know French dealers who were appointed by the Church to dispose of their surplus artefacts. I was always drawn to the Gothic style - in England as well as France - and much of what I came across appealed to this sense. Gothic altar sticks
hanging sanctuary lamps, church vestments
and church plate
attracted me by their design as well as their significance in liturgy.
So it was with angels. They are rich in Church symbolism and are found in painting and sculpture
as well as the more mundane, but equally precious, items for personal devotion.
however, this is Italian rather than French - Tobias & The Angel - Cantagalli
but many more passed on - I am a dealer after all and need to make a living! But I do regret having let some of them go.