Architectural model or ebenist's apprentice piece, this is a 19th century (or earlier) model for a portico, cupola, or church dome. Entirely hand made, it's wonderful to use now as a tabletop accent for your home - whether you decorate with antiques or modern, it works in either aesthetic. It might have been made to house a religious figure, as one pillar opens it for access and display of an item if shown within. A tall gothic dome that has a look of the one that tops the Duomo in Florence, it is topped also by the clerestory tower. Classical pillars and an octagonal base add elegance to this superb one of a kind construction. A full 21" in height, it makes a fine architectural statement. I have a son who is an architect. I can't help but think how much he'd love this one! (all measurements appear on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, as you can see from our clear large photos. I see no chips, no breaks, no restorations. Firm and solidly crafted, and with beautiful old grains to the wood, it begs the touch. It does not appear that the one missing pillar is a loss, but rather a part of the plan, so we do think it was made to house and display a religious figure.
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