This beautiful, late 19th century Bible stand is truly a work of art. It would have been used originally as an altar-top lectern in a Catholic church to hold a Bible or other book of scripture from which a priest would read to the congregation. The piece is French in origin.
The book stand is exquisitely adorned with brass-set glass jewels in red, green, and white (which glows like moonstone), and highly detailed enameled plaques. The center round enameled medallion is a depiction of the Lamb of God. The craftsmanship of the gilded brass base is of highest quality. The panels are cut or pierced in ornate patterns; the front and side panels feature rounded cut sections between smaller, solid panels. Originally, all four of the front rounded sections would have had glass stones. If I were keeping this piece, I would remove the remaining one for symmetry.
The base rests on ornate cast pawed feet. The flat part of the lectern, where the book would sit, can be adjusted in intervals from flat to an angle of about 60 degrees. It has a gently impressed but distinct pattern of a quatrefoil.
Overall size of this beautiful piece is 11” by 11” by 5”, and it is in very good antique condition. Please note that this is an antique piece and that signs of age and wear are to be expected.