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.
This is a beautiful vintage devotional wall plaque. The Blessed Virgin Mother is shown holding a young Christ in her arms. Our Lady is holding Jesus in both hands with a bouquet of roses in the crook of her arm. So Sweet.
This is a magnificent vintage religious devotional. It is a sculpted image of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding an infant Christ in her arms. Our Lady is wearing voluminous medieval style robes with a shorter veil over long hair. Christ Jesus is shown holding a dove in one hand, representing the Holy Spirit, and a loaf of bread in the other, representing the Holy Eucharist.
This piece has a matt finish with green patina highlighting the details. The reverse is painted gold and there are two holes to allow mounting.
This is a fantastic vintage piece of devotional art. It is a sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a toddler Jesus on her lap. Our Lady is sitting comfortably in a chair hugging Our Lord close. This piece is after the famous 1514 painting “The Madonna della Seggiola” by Raphael.
It is in an oval frame, matted and with convex glass. T
Please Note: Similar pieces are often mistakenly referred to as Meerschaum, but most are made French Pipeclay.
Condition: The original backing has been replaced with cardboard. Please See Pictures