Although catalogued as 19th century, it is similar to other models made by Middle Eastern craftsmen working in Franciscan monasteries in the Holy Land that were sold as prized souvenirs for wealthy pilgrims during the 17th century and early 18th centuries. Dealer Peter Petrou sold one to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston while another is in the collection of the Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell.
This BHL model (the same size as the others at just under 20in/50cm across), had come for sale from Ugbrooke House in Chudleigh, Devon.
It was in distressed condition (a section of the removable dome was missing) but it improved on a modest estimate to bring £25,000. The buyer was from Jerusalem.