B1110 - Beautiful Antique French Green Velvet Benitier, Jesus & Crucifix, Napoleon III
This is a beautiful antique French bénitier dating from the Napoleon III era C 1860. It is an exceptional example of it's type and is very decorative and architectural.
It is made of wood covered in the most gorgeous sumptuous, deep pile green silk velvet.
The central cross is made of a filigree design of convolvulus flowers and leaves. The flowers are tinted a lovely shade of coral and the leaves are a soft lime green to match the velvet. Through the filigree we can see that the cross itself is covered in a much shorter, darker velvet than that of the background and this shows the filigree design off to perfection.
Each of the points of the cross has further filigree work and at the intersection of the arms, just above Christ's head is a decorative embellishment. These are also highlighted with the lovely coral coloured tint. The attention to detail is stunning!
The figure of Christ and the Holy water stoop are made of spelter. The holy water stoop is made in the shape of a church font and the interior has gorgeous blue enamel paint.
The gilding on the spelter and the filigree has mellowed over the years to perfection. The sumptuous silk velvet is in excellent condition with no wear.
There is a ring on the on the back of the bénitier for hanging on a wall.
The bénitier measures :- 43 cm (17 inches) high x 24 cm (9.5 inches) wide x 6 cm (2.3 inches) deep.
This beautiful bénitier is from a carefully selected collection of gorgeous antique French religious & decorative pieces at 'La Belle Étoffe'.
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Possible delivery methods: U.K. & France, Europe, Rest of World