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This is a unique piece of folk art featuring a church altar scene in a bottle. It is a scene depicting a Catholic priest standing with two altar boys kneeling before the elaborate altar. There is a bell beside the altar boy on the right. The elaborate altar has three large towers with a cross on top of each. The center tower is the largest and in the middle is a large carved cross with a chalice below it and a bible to the side. The are two large candles between each of the towers. It is completely hand carved and painted with red and blue highlights. The faces of the priest and altar boys are wonderful and even the vestments adorning the figures are accurate in their décor. The authenticity is painstaking. The bottle is sealed with a wooden stopper and a crosspiece pulled up in the bottom of the shaft to prevent it from being opened. Outside the bottle is an carved octagonal piece of dark wood with a rounder top.

According to the previous owner but unsubstantiated is the following account. "It was made by a young man who was fighting polio in the 1940's. The bottle was made in Exeter, Rhode Island in Washington County, in the woods south of Warwick, Washington, or South County, as it is locally known as the resting place of the New England Vampire, Mercy Brown. Religious iconography is very common here, as much a talisman against the dreaded Undead as a celebration of the Church itself."

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Bottle Specifications
Approx. Bottle Size 7 1/4" x 2 3/4"
Bottle Type Duraglas
Estimated Date Made 1940s
Made Where Possibly Exeter, RI

943 - Altar Scene in a Bottle

  • Product Code: 943 - Altar Scene in a Bottle
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $325.00