This is a phenomenal Bible/book stand or lectern. Pieces such as this were used in churches, as well as in private chapel rooms in the homes of nobility, in the late 19th century..
This is a particularly large and impressive piece, featuring five curved repousse panels, a raised lectern, large cabochon faux jewel ornaments and three enamel religious symbols. The front curved panels are very intricately cast, with large central flowers fanning out in a lace-like fashion.
The jewel ornamentation features magnificent and large cabochon stones in green and red. There is a center enamel medallion in red which has the symbol "IHS" There are two Frendh blue and gilt enamel circles, the one on the left features a winged angel holding a scroll; the enamel circle on the right features an eagle holding a scroll. The large brass lectern can be lowered and raised by a brass square frame which fits into grooved slots along the bottom. The lectern sits on fabulous lions's paw feet. The top of the lectern has a large decorative cross pattern.
The dimensions are: 12" wide at the base of the feet, 12" deep, 5 1/2" tall when lowered, and 13" tall when raised to the tallest level. The lectern is in sound condition, with all stones intact, and no wear to the enamel circles.The stand rises and closes with no problem.
This is one of the most impressive stands that we have seen. It is large and can accommodate a large book or several small ones. It has endless possibilities as a decorative display piece because of the rising lectern.
Item ID: MT220
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