A vintage French wall hanging featuring a traditional French Huguenot cross with a dove figurine. The large cross has been finely cast from ceramic and glazed in a shade of cranberry red. It has a raised relief surface design with cut out hearts and decorative fleur de Lys patterns. A folk art style dove is attached by a metal link at the base. The reverse side has been stamped with the maker's mark from the renowned La Draille in the town of Anduze in Provence, France.
The Huguenot cross is a Christian religious symbol originating in the South of France France and is one of the more recognizable and popular symbols of the French evangelical reformed faith. It is commonly found today as a piece of jewelry (in gold or silver) or engraved on buildings connected with the Reformed Church in France, of which it represents the official logo.
The symbolism of the Huguenot cross is particularly rich. The cross as an eminent symbol of the Christian faith, represents not only the death of Christ but also victory over death and impiety. This is represented also in the Maltese cross. The boutonné, the eight points symbolizing the eight Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–12). Between the arms of the cross is the stylized fleur-de-lys (on the French Coat of Arms), each having 3 petals; the total of twelve petals of the fleur-de-lys signify the twelve apostles. Between each fleur-de-lys and the arms of the Maltese cross with which it is joined, an open space in the form of a heart, the symbol of loyalty, suggests the seal of the French Reformer, John Calvin.
The pendant dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16).
Cross: 10" Tall x 10" Wide. (25 cm x 25 cm).
Dove: 5.5" Tall x 4" Wide. (14 cm x 10 cm).
The Huguenot cross is in very good condition with light signs of age and wear.
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Item Ref: French Pottery Huguenot Cross with Dove Figurine, Vintage Wall Hanging Christian Folk Art
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