Fabulous antique French Napoleon III era 22.5" gilt gesso on wood altar or niche style frame with ornate Gothic accents, red velvet mat with gilded crucifix and superb hand carved crucified Christ figure! This is one of a few superb old Napoleon III (or earlier) Christ figures that we're adding in the days and weeks to com, all truly magnificent carvings but each with its own unique qualities and attributes. This figure a bit smaller than the other but displayed in a stunning old Gothic style gilt gesso on wood frame. A shelf style protrusion on the base giving it the appearance of depth as you might find in an old recessed niche, a beautiful piece! The carving is impressive, with fantastic detail & realism and in wonderful condition!
Very good condition. There are a few nips to the frame, evident as white spots on the gilded gesso finish. The center finial has what appears to be a repaired break. The figure may not original to the frame, small holes in the crucifix show that another had been mounted there and there is a hole for a missing 'Inri' plaque. The back of the frame is original but with splits in the covering (visible in the images). See pictures for measurements.
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Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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