Beth Noonan - Lily Frances Keepsake Box
A maternal grandmother wanted a custom commemorative keepsake box to house those treasures that are special things that are passed along to you from your mother who at the time of this commissioning was gravely ill. She wanted the design of the box to evoke the strength of the women in your family, both past and present. Within the family there is a saying “the Paulus women” which refers to the strength of the women in the grandchild’s family that goes back to her great, great grandmother whose surname was Paulus. The mother and grandmother possessed an innate artistic talent that has manifested itself with a strong leaning toward nature and floral design.
With the above background in mind, it was decided that the central focus of the top of the box should be four stylized hearts that are created by a floral pattern, each heart containing a floral motif within itself. The four hearts represent the great, great grandmother, the great grandmother, the grandmother and the child’s mother. The actual floral design is taken from a medieval Romanesque manuscript ornament, circa 11th or 12th century. Likewise, the border around the top of the box is a stylized version of French Medieval mural motif, circa 11th – 14th century. This was particularly fitting given the great, great grandmother’s home of Alsace Lorraine. Within that border was carved the words “The Paulus Women”, those women who formed the foundation of the family inner strength.
The grandmother wanted the child’s name carved on the front panel of the box. A flowing font was chosen to compliment the floral aspects of the top of the box and surrounded by flourishing to symbolize the femininity that she was sure to possess. At either end of the name is a stylized lily plant appropriately reflecting the name.