This sumptuous yet demure crown would have once graced a statue of the Christ Child. It originates from Italy and dates towards 1880.
This is a heavy and finely made example which would have come from a metal atelier workshop. It has all the detailing of it's larger counterparts. The lower band is encrusted with six bezel set stones (red and blue) which each attach with a brad (typical Italian mount). There is a raised pattern of dots and curved rectangles in between the stones. The band supports large and small standing fleur de lis. Each flower is joined by a curved festoon swag. There is a wide crossbar at the inside center which would have been used to mount the crown on the statue.
It measures 1 3/4" in diameter at the base and 1 1/4" tall. It is in very good antique condition (it could be polished brighter but we decided to leave this to the final owner).
This is a rare size and style in an Italian silver crown. The finely set large glass stones are very unusual. It would make a magnificent crown for an small, fine Christ Child statue as it was it's original purpose.
European Importer of Authentic 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques:Division of Paris Chateau
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