Antique Black Forest Carving - Hand Carved Pale Maple Cross with Holy Water Font or Benetier - c1800's - RC112
A hand carved pale maple cross with Holy Water Font carved in the Black Forest area in the mid-1800's; we were very fortunate to be invited to purchase from the estate of a lifelong collection - a well renowned French Religious Antiquities Expert. All items from this estate date from the 16th, 17th and 18th century.
This piece is in a beautiful blonde maple wood and has collected the patina of age over its two hundred years - but the beauty of the light wood is clear to see. The sculptor has taken great care with the carving style which is bold and not too fussy, leading the eye to appreciate the wood itself. Standing on a domed oval base 8 inches wide and 5.75 inches deep, trumpet lilies and leaves are growing out from the textured mound to surround the Holy Water Font or 'Stoup' which is an oval basin 4.25 inches wide. (The basin looks unfinished as the rim is present on one side and pared away on the other). From the back of two carved leaves behind the stoup rises the cross, which is made of a second piece of wood. The heart-shaped lily leaves continue as vines with tendrils snaking up the upright of the cross; the cross itself is carved to look like split raw wood, with bark attached and the wooden rings of age visible. Carved decoration showing the wooden grain of the cross continues on the back.
The join between the cross and the. base can be seen from the back and there is a slight drying crack below the two leaves above the join (probably due to modern home heating) but it is shallow and does not go through the wood. A delightful piece, unusual in the light colour of wood used that will complement any home decor.
Dimensions: Height including base: 15.25" x width 8" x depth 5.75" (39 x 20.5 x 14.5 cm)
Your purchase will be very carefully packaged and despatched via the Irish An Post postal service.
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