A rare cooper vase made by the Keswick School of Industrial Arts most likely for a church as an Altar Vase as it has the Chi Rho* motif to centre
Large and imposing piece in good condition with a few minor dents
Fully marked with both the Keswick lozenge mark and KSIA stamp to base
Circa mid 20th Century may be earlier given lozenge mark
6.5″ wide (excluding handles)
* Our thanks to Fr John Stather SSC
Vicar of Goldenhill & Tunstall for his help identifying this piece.
The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of Christogram and is used by Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word “ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ” =Christ in such a way to produce the monogram. Although not technically a Christian cross the Chi-Rho invokes the crucifixion of Jesus as well as symbolizing his status as the Christ