11” tall x 9” wide ~ Perfect Choice for the Serious Collector! ~
***Our ornaments are almost exclusively made with vintage and antique materials 1880s-1950 (all colorful die-cut paper illustrations are 120+ years old). Scroll past Special Features for details***
DECORATED ON BOTH SIDES~BE SURE TO SEE ALL CLOSE-UPS
Wonderful creation for display as wall art!
I started with a large die-cut illustration made mostly with violets formed in a shape of a lyre. It was open in the middle so I looked through my collection of beautiful faces and fell in love with this girl in summer frock and floppy sun hat. This piece was so fragile that it was amazing it survived intact for 140 years! I wanted to bring out the beautiful curves that a lyre has and created a cardboard lyre shape and backed it with my best antique cotton batting. Gorgeous Victorian bump tinsel was a perfect choice to outline the curvaceous shape, along with blue silk cording and delicate Dresden paper trim. I selected a Dresden die-cut bird and holly border paper backed with purple velvet silk to match the violets to finish the bottom edge with a decorative treatment. I wanted the back of this fanciful showstopper to be full of its own exquisite surprises. The lyre itself is also in a die-cut shape on the inside, which I backed with vintage green cellophane. I used antique gold paper and purple chenille to follow the curves on both inside and outside edges and created framed art with a lovely angel from a postcard and rare Dresden paper oval frame. At the top I created a decorative arch with more exquisite Dresden papers, Flowers from the same postcard the angel came from, and delicate pleated Victorian stationary paper (left and right sides of arch). If this ornament doesn’t sell, I am ok with keeping it in the family. :)
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
Our Signature Style - To Make an Ornament for You that Lasts for Generations! You will know you have a ultra-custom Dresden Star Work of Art because we sign and date each and every ornament, as well as add our gold hang tag with your specific ornament’s unique one-of-a-kind inventory number on it. You will receive your ornament gently packed between layers of tissue paper in a beautiful embossed gold box with care and handling instructions. With over 15 years of experience, we are expert at wire-wrapping each ornament to help protect it against accidental breakage (just like those smart Victorians). We take extra time and pains to meticulously back every scrap to cardstock and old-stock papers to protect these beautiful and fragile illustrations so they will last for generations to come.
Just Imagine, You are Viewing an Ornament made with Materials 60 to 150 Years Old! Dresden Star Ornaments are almost exclusively made with antique and vintage materials to include: glass ornaments from the 1890s to1950s (most of which were made in Germany); colorful Victorian embossed & die-cut paper “scraps” and chromolithographs from postcards and advertising trade cards (made in Europe between the 1870s and 1910); antique and vintage fabric to include chenille, lace, ribbon and metallic trims; antique and vintage tinsel from tree garlands and old-stock German-made Lametta tinsel; gold and silver old-stock Dresden paper trims, crepe paper, foil, gift wrap, spun-glass, and other embellishments.
Since many of our creations contain glass ornaments that are as much as 120 years old, the condition and patina will vary, which this is part of their vintage one-of-a-kind charm and character. Items described as “antique” are dated between the 1870s and 1920. Items described as “vintage” are dated between the 1920s and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use newer Dresden trims (on occasion) and crinkle wire (to wire-wrap ornaments for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.