French Heraldic Altar Cards Featuring the Arms of the British and Russian Empires

The following is a curious set of hand illuminated altar cards made in the year 1900. What makes them rather curious is that they were made in Lyon for a Visitation Monastery in France and within their art are found the arms of the British and Russian empires. 

In point of fact, much of the decoration of these cards are heraldic in nature, containing many coats of arms. Putting aside those elements, at the top of the central card is a beautiful depiction of the Sacred Heart surrounded by a crown of thorns, rays of glory emanating from behind. Below is an allegorical depiction that may be intended to convey the Old and New Testaments.

A rather unique set to say the least.

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