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Antique Nineteenth Century French Brass Bible/Book Stand
A stunning piece to display a family Bible or treasured book, it dates from 1880-1890 and originates from Paris. We picture it with a book for display only, we sell the stand alone.
The four sides have very intricate panels of reticulated "cisele" brass in the Renaissance Revival Style. Each side has five distinct panels, each panel with a central rosette. They are separated by fancy horizontal bands made up of three panels, two with chains of dots and the center with a chain of leaves. At each corner is a beautiful, sculptural leaf. There is a 1/2 inch band at the top and bottom of all four panels, ornamented the same as the dividing bands.
The front panel is enhanced by four brass/enamel ornaments. There are four flowers with petals in blue and white, accented in gilt with central turquoise stones. The center motif is of rose, blue and white enamel on brass. The top band has a lovely reticulated design reminiscent of architecture in Venice.
There are four fancy, upturned feet with scrolls and dots. The lectern stands on "teeth" and can be adjusted according to taste. There is a large, incised cross shape at the center.
It is in overall good antique condition, with wear that is commensurate with use and age. There is some darkening to the brass, especially at the back panel. (It can be polished to a brighter patina, we chose to leave this decision to the final owner). The front right leaf at the corner is bent very slightly forward from the base. It is in solid and good useable condition. It measures: 11" square, 5 1/2" tall at front when lectern is closed flat, 15" tall when lectern is raised to top level.
A gorgeous piece, it would serve in many ways as a display stand or alone as an unusual decorative object.