17th Century Polychrome Painted Basement, rectangular shaped hand-realized in poplar wood, decorated in polychrome tempera with floral and vegetal motifs on both front and sides.
It is presumably the supporting element of an almsgiver or devotional sculpture, for ecclesiastical use, considering the opening on the top and the inscription inside the alms box Lo dio de limosna Greg. Becerraibiedma ano 1661.
Good condition, wear consistent with age and use. It is a lovely antique base for a sculpture. Italian origin.
A rare Model of Hydraulic Pump for Irrigation probably made for educational use as suggested by the scale, ten inches high, and the inventory numbers of the paper label. The iron pump was realized at the late 19th century, as both threads and small parts used reveal and was entirely handmade, mounted on a wooden trolley with iron wheels and supporting legs; both pump body and flywheel rotate on the vertical axis. Wooden winch. Italian Origin. 1880 circa.