Genuine vintage 1960s Loudres plaque in great condition.
The diorama features St Bernadette and the vision of Virgin Mary which she saw at the Loudres grotto.
Some people may just view this as a kitsch vintage item while others will view it as a Christian icon – we are comfortable with both.
It has most likely been bought in the 1960s (or possibly 1950s) as a souvenir from a trip to the holy shrine of Loudres in France.
The shrine is visited by millions each year in the hope of curing medical conditions.
This plaque has the Virgin Mary, St Bernadette and the church of Loudres.
They are set in a raised plastic rock effect setting which is covered in tiny pink roses.
It has a domed glass cover set in a white plastic oval frame with a scalloped pattern.
There are also some dried flowers scattered around the rock pattern which are showing their age!
The background features pale blue stars on what looks like foil paper and is across the whole scene.
There is a hanging loop at the back and a cardboard backing board.
The board has some very minor water damage but this looks very old and this hasn’t damaged the front of the piece.
It is marked Diami. Loudres on the back of the plastic frame.
Overall the plaque is in very good vintage condition with no chips or breaks and the whole piece is undamaged other than the small bits of dried flowers.
These originally would have been in better condition but this does not detract in any way from the item.
This vintage 1960s Loudres plaque measures 22 cms high, 17 cms wide and the dome measures about 3cms high.