Embossed and molten silver holy water wall basin. 18th Century


Embossed, molten and chiseled silver holy water wall basin. The backplate decorated by a central medallion of beribboned friezes encircled by a crown of reeds and a representation of a landscape scene from the Book of Genesis with the Virgin crushing the head of the snake of Eden with the help of the Infant Jesus under a cloud of cherubs. Medallion enhanced with a shell and held by two cherubs within a frame of acanthus leaf scrollwork and rose garlands. Hinged basin from a later period, with decoration of spear-shaped leaves, laurel leaf garlands and culot shaped as a bud. Clasp at back and hole for hanging above shell.

Work from 18th Century

Without hallmark trace.

Weight : 224,8 g (7.9 oz)
Height : 21,5 cm (8.4 in.) - Width : 16,5 cm (6.5 in.)

The representation of this scene from the Book of Genesis was interpreted at first as a symbol of the new Eve triumphant over evil but also during the time of the Catholic reform of the 17th and early 18th Century, as the Virgin symbolizing the Church victorious over heresy.

Condition report : Assembly of elements from the 18th century, oxidizations, small former soldered joints, small accidents and cracks : one visible under the shell, hinge cracked at receptacle.

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  • Item(s) quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 21 cm
  • Width in cm : 16 cm
  • Depth in cm : 4 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014101662