This is a wonderful antique French ormolu and malachite sculpture of a girl, C1870 in date.
The finely cast ormolu figure of a young girl kneeling in prayer on a cushion sits on an elegant square malachite base.
There is no mistaking the unique quality and design, which is sure to make this set a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 18 x Width 14 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7.1 x Width 5.5 x Depth 5.5
Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral. It is believed to be a strong protector of children. It protects the wearer from accidents and protects travellers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewellery and ground it to use as eyeshadow. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages, it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers.
Our reference: 09140