An impressive piece, one can only imagine the elaborate tabernacle to which it once belonged. It originates from Paris and dates towards 1860.
The door face is a solid cast bronze piece (heavy). The base panel has a beautifully curved top with an inner grooved filet and a bottom interior scalloped frame. The central cast bronze design ornament depicts the Lamb of God symbolic splendor. The bronze work of the medallion is exceptional. The many rays which illuminate the symbolic Christ are multi grooved, with each groove casting back a shimmering gilt ray. The alter rests on a cloud of smoke. The details of the Lamb are realistic and finely done. There is a lock at the left center (not working, no key). There are two hinges which would have mounted onto the tabernacle. The interior back of the door is a very thick and solid piece of wood (1") thick which has been covered in creme moire silk. There is a fine metal band attached with small nails to frame the back portion. The gilding of this piece is especially thick, giving an extremely rich and extraordinary patina.
It measures: 14 1/4" tall, 8 1/2" wide and (total) 2" thick. It is in remarkable antique condition: light scratching to face typical with use and age.
It is an incredible piece of religious devotional art from the period of Napoleon III. While we do see wooden doors and bronze doors, we rarely see one as spectacular as this one. It is a truly a sacred historical treasure.