In the neogothic style, a style both popular in the mid-nineteenth century and reflecting this sculpture's liturgical origin, this extraordinary font is signed by the French sculptor Louis Kley (1833-1911) and was produced by the Parisian bronzier Barbedienne. It can correctly be termed a "sculpture" and not a "relief" or "plaque" or "frieze" because the three cherubs and the holy-water vessel are all in 3D, the figures floating above the bronze surface behind. These cherubs sometimes appear on the market as free-standing sculptures, having apparently been salvaged from similar fonts. This font, though: perfect condition. French, second half of the nineteenth century. Height: 14"/36 cm.