Antique French cloisonné enamel Bénitier, lobed and glazed cross and holy water font, on an onyx base, late 19th century.
Cloisonné is a enamel technique, in which one fastens crushed wire in certain motifs or figures to a metal surface.
The colours of the fine cloisonné enamel pattern: light and dark blue, orange-red/turquoise and white.
Yellow copper at the back with a ring for mounting it to the wall.
Everything in very good condition.
A holy water font or aspersorium is often found near the entrance of a church, used by Catholics for sprinkling themselves while crossing themselves as a symbol for external and internal cleansing.
This one is meant to be used at home.
Dimensions (h x w x d): 19 x 11 x 1 cm. Holy water font 3.5 cm deep
Weight: 595 g