Origin: English

Period: Early 20thC

Provenance: Unknown

Date: c.1915

Width: 19.75”

Height: 13.25”

Depth: 0.75” (all in frame)


Truly stunning religious plaque or notice and presented in a period stained pine frame with gilded slip. Crafted in inlaid plaster to a compressed felt ground and reading ‘Christ is the Head of this house, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener to every conversation’.  Stamped ‘British manufacture’ and ‘copyright S.W.P. & Co. Ltd. London’ and surviving, we understand from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

The condition of the piece is fine with only one very small mark / clipping to the lettering to the ‘c’ of conversation. The frame is very much in keeping of the period. There is a label on the reverse reading ‘ Spiegel u Bilderrahmen Fabrik von George Lotz Cassel’.


There are many modern reproductions of this notice available, but period examples are seemingly hard to come by; the origin for the words is, we believe, Celtic, but the exact origins of the saying cannot be confirmed.

Early 20th Century religious plaque; ‘Christ is the head of this house’ c.1915

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