Hand-carved in Italy during the 1900’s, this small marble shell basin would make a great vide-poche. A vide-poche (literally “empty pocket”) is a small storage bowl for everyday items, such as car keys, loose change, wallets, etc.
Originally, a marble basin of this size might have been used in a Catholic church as holy water vessels. The gadrooned lobes carved along the outside give the appearance of a stylized scalloped shell. On the back of the shell is an excavated block of marble, which is how the basin would have been affixed to a wall. The beautiful burgundy colored marble has white veining with dotted gold and cream inclusions.
A versatile item, our small Italian marble shell basin can be used as a decorative bowl or object d’art. It can also be included in a bathroom installation, making a lovely soap dish.
CONDITION: Good condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, including light buildup to interior. Fleabites and light separations.