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18th c. reliquary cross from Austria
18th c. reliquary cross from Austria - Religious Antiques Style Louis XV 18th c. reliquary cross from Austria - 18th c. reliquary cross from Austria - Louis XV
Ref : 49125
2 500 €
Period :
18th century
Medium :
Fruitwood
Dimensions :
l. 8.86 inch X H. 17.72 inch
Religious Antiques  - 18th c. reliquary cross from Austria 18th century - 18th c. reliquary cross from Austria Louis XV - 18th c. reliquary cross from Austria
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18th c. reliquary cross from Austria

Superb reliquary cross carved from one piece of a beautiful blonde fruitwood. The reverse hollow, accessible by sliding two strips of wood, contains a composition of pearls and paperole, housing relics, probably made in the nineteenth century. The style of the figures is tempered Baroque tempered, with animated draperies and slightly mannierist figures. The work is typical of Baroque Austria and southern Germany.

The frontside is carved with many figures from the Holy Book, in a savant composition reminiscent of medieval crosses. In the center, a Corpus of Christ, surrounded by the Evangelists, in their human forms as well as their symbolic representations as winged animal. In the lower part, the Holy Spirit as a dove overlooks the figures of St Luke and the Virgin Mary, whose heart is pierced by a sword. Above the Christ, a bearded figure holding a flowering branch, and blessed with his left hand: this is probably the father of God, or perhaps the prophet Isaiah.

Superb preservation. Some traces of ancient gilding. Very slight accidents and lacks of sculpture, some insect damage. A ring for suspension.

Composition: Carved wood, gilding remains
Provenance : France - Art Market
Origin : Austria
Period: eighteenth century.
Dimensions: Height: 45 cm - Width: 22.5 cm

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