Antique large cloisonné enamel wall crucifix with font

GBP 5,500.00

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Object Description

Antique large cloisonné enamel wall crucifix with font
French, Late 19th Century
Height 57cm, width 33cm, depth 7cm

This superb decorative cross is designed to hang on a wall, enabled by the small clover-shaped gilt metal handle which surmounts the top. The cross is shaped as a traditional Christian budded crucifix, and features stunning cloisonné enamel decoration that is expertly contrasted by an ebonised wood backing.

The cross is centred by a budded panel, that features four blooming flowers wrapped within their vines in a heart-esque pattern. These designs are bordered by a red and gilt geometric surround, which provides an interesting contrast to the more flowing linearity within. Similar flower-and-vine motifs, as well as similar geometric bordering, adorn the rest of the cross’s main body. The colour contrasts within the cloisonné enamel are particularly pleasing, with the pale-yellow ground making the bright hues of the foliate decoration stand out.

At the bottom of the cross sits a font, or stoup, originally designed to hold holy water. The font is also decorated with cloisonné enamel, but employs a geometric layered design in differing shades.

The reverse of the cross is stamped ‘1138’.

Replete with refined decorative elements, this excellent piece of religious décor would make a fine addition to the appropriate interior.

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