Vintage three-piece ceramic Currier & Ives Lavabo or wall cistern with the “Home in the Wilderness” print displayed across the front panel. The “Home in the Wilderness” print is a rare and popular design first introduced by Currier & Ives in 1870 and depicts a pioneer family in winter. The Lavabo historically was found in the Catholic Church and was a means for priests to wash their hands. It consisted of a ewer which is the container that held and dispensed water and the basin which would collect the used water. The term “Lavabo” in Latin means “I Shall Wash”. Today these decorative cisterns can be found throughout Europe in private gardens as well as some homes for decorative purposes. The three-piece Lavabo is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks but does have some minor crazing on the back wall of the Lavabo. This vintage Lavabo is strictly for decorative use as wall décor or as a planter. The ceramic lid measures 1” thick and 7” wide, the top piece measures 13” high x 7” wide and the bottom ceramic piece measures 3” high and 13 ½” wide. Ivy will not come with item.
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