Ornate Napoleon III - 17

Ornate Napoleon III - 17" French Wall Crucifix late 1800's -1900's

Code: R3/60B


H: 43" (109.2 cm)W: 25.5" (64.8 cm)D: 3.5" (8.9 cm)


This is a simply stunning wall crucifix - French, from the late 1800's, it has been crafted from very fine materials - the shaped, French Gothic curved cross that backs the crucifix is in a very smooth, ebonised wood with a beautiful sheen. The crucifix, attached to the ebonised background, is of fine Rosewood, cut in a smooth, nearly 1.5 inch wide, gently domed shape with the four parts of the cross meeting at the central point of the cross. At each point of the cross is a filigree metal decoration and the central point of the cross is also decorated with metalwork, representing the eternal flame. The Body of Christ, the Corpus Christi, is cast in an aged silver metal, extremely well sculpted and finely detailed right down to the cord the ties Christ's loin cloth. The crown of thorns is not a part of the moulding but has been worked entirely separately and stands above the head of Christ. The plaque marked "INRI" is a gentle scroll in a bronzed colour, attached by a single studded nail, as are the hands and feet of Christ. At the back, there is a metal loop attached, for wall hanging.

This is an amazing item, from a Chateau on the confluence of the Vienne and Liore Rivers - the craftsmanship is beautiful and the mix of woods with intricate metalwork is simply superb.
Overall dimensions of the crucifix: 17"(43cm) high by 10" (25.5cm) wide and a depth of 1.5" (3.5cm); the weight unpackaged is 0.45 kg.