Beautifully timeworn with the image of Saint Theresa, the Little Flower, she is always pictured with flowers and unsurprisingly, she is the patron saint of florists and the sick.
This beautiful and intricately decorated desk stand would look perfect on a small secretaire desk.
It has obviously been central to its past owner's life as it bears the marks of the touch of hands. Some of the silvering has worn, leaving it with asuperb patina, which has ben left s found.
The design is interesting, somewhere between Art Nouveau and Art Deco and probably dates to the late 1920s.
Measuring 14 cm or 5.5" wide and 10,5 cm or 4" tall.