This beautifully carved and very old tabernacle is of Italian origin, and dates the middle of the 18th century. It’s black painted facade with gold highlights, has a small functioning door, which opens to an interior with original, though partial silk lining. The tabernacle was used in the church as a lockable ornamental receptacle reserved for the Eucharist. This unusual example has plain side and back boards, which indicates it was likely built in as part of a large decorated altar.
The motifs include large C and S scrolls framing a small door, surmounted by small floral elements and shells. The eye is immediately drawn to the door, which has a bright gold sunburst monstrance with the letters IHS. Today, this antique Italian black and gold tabernacle will serve as a unique decorative object on a wall or table surface.
CONDITION: Chips and losses to paint and gesso. Old touch-ups throughout.