Beautiful antique devotional chalkware sculpture of Jesus on the cross in an oval frame. The image of Jesus, the landscape and figures around him are finely carved.
The painted frame has some flower decoration at the top and a shell font is attached at the bottom.
What makes that piece truly unusual is at the back. Behing the paper is a zinc recipient with a small lid (at the bottom) to hold Holy water! I had never seen that before! There is a small pipe going from the recipient to the shell. The end of the pipe has been covered (repaired?). I don't know if it's in working order as I haven't tried it. I'm too scared to damage everything. Even if the system doesn't work anymore, it is a fantastic and very unique piece! With some work it could be back to the way it once was!
Damages to the frame and repairs as can be seen in the photographs. The chalkware part is signed Roseau(?) I can' read two letters properly...
The oval domed glass was detached when I bought it. I will send it in case you want to attempt a repair.
Size of frame approx. 33 x 15 cm / 12.99 x 5.9 inches Size of visible chalkware part approx. 13.7 x 10.5 cm / 5.11 x 3.93 inches