A famille rose 'Order of St. Francis' Stand and a European gilt bronze crucifix

The sturdy, porcelain trefoil stand is moulded on each face with pink enamel acanthus leaves around a yellow and blue glazed emblem of The Order of St. Francis of Assisi on each side. The three corners with pale blue and turquoise cell and trellis-pattern grounds are all supported on three compressed ball feet. The gilt bronze figure of Christ paste-set in ruby red on the hands and feet with a titular plaque inscribed INRI above. The crucifix terminals with cherubim and acanthus leaf motifs.The Chinese porcelain triform base work is probably modelled after a European metalwork shape of a altar candlestick holder. Chinese porcelains decorated in underglaze blue and white with heraldic devices are quite common in the 18th century period and were recorded. However, for the proposed acquisition more research is required to establish the exact convents or monasteries for which these items were ordered.

China and European
Object size: H:89.5 x W:27 x D:23
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Asian Civilisations Museum