This is an elegant, antique holy water font. The central image is a large metal medallion showing Christ in profile wearing a heavy Crown of Thorns. The latin “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World) is written along the outer rim of the medallion, which in turn is framed in a wreath. The wreath is an ancient symbol of victory as well as eternal life. Beneath the medallion is a blank nameplate above a beautiful fluted glass font bowl.
The is a wonderful vintage holy water bottle and stand. The stand shows a Miraculous Medal with “Franciscan Monastery Washington DC” surrounding it. The bottle is glass with a simple cross on one side.
This is a unique vintage holy water font. It is a high relief image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady is shown wearing a baroque style veil with intricate detailing. The central image is a copper medallion signed by the artist. The medallion is on a painted wood background with font bowl of faceted glass. Beautiful.
This is a stunning vintage holy water font. It is a highly detailed crucifix above a shell shaped font bowl. Our Lord is shown as very thin with His head falling forward. A sunburst radiates from behind Him while the Crown of Thorns encircles the cross. There is a beautiful angel at His feet above the font bowl which is entwined with ivy leaves. Absolutely gorgeous!
The crucifix is metal with a silvered finish against a vibrant red velvet background.
Condition: This does need dusting and will clean up beautifully.
This is a wonderful antique holy water font. The central image is a metal medallion with a portrait of St. John Vianney. Around the saint are the words in French “Blessed J. B. M. Vianney Cure D’Ars Pray for Us”. Beneath the medallion is plaque that reads “Souvenir of Ars”.
The font bowl is elaborately decorated. It shows a dove, representing the Holy Spirit, amidst flowers with an angel at the base. Beautiful!
St. John Vianney, also known as the Cure of Ars, was well known for his piety, his support of priests, and his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He became a very popular confessor and is famous for spending 16-18 hours a day in the confessional absolving sinners. He is the patron saint of priests.
Since this piece refers to Vianney as “Blessed” we can know that it dates between 1905 and 1925.