Exceptional Antique Vieux Paris or Old Paris Holy Water Font, with the Virgin Mary inside a niche. Incredibly rare to find, the porcelain niche is covered with small shell like porcelain flowers, none of which are damaged in any way. The Madonna is hand painted with a lovely expression, her gown as well as the font have lustre glaze. The top has a cross, also covered in the porcelain flowers. This is one of the best I've ever been able to obtain, incredibly well preserved for the age.
Old Paris porcelain refers to the ornately decorated gilt porcelain created in and around Paris by more than 30 different factories from the mid-18th century through 1870. This is a special one, lovingly hand painted with gilt detailing, each little porcelain flower hand formed and attached. Professionally repaired on the base a long time ago. Filled with a metal bar and plaster as the really old figures are. Mary wears a gown touched with hand painted gilt detailing. I was fortunate to be able to obtain three Madonnas of this collector's quality on our last buying trip. A rare to find gem for your collection.