An important bronze tabernacle door, inspired by the work of Artus Quellinus II the Younger (Antwerp, °1625 - +1700).
Artus Quellinus II was born into an artistic family. His uncle was the respected Antwerp sculptor Erasmus Quellinus I, whose son was Artus Quellinus I, the most successful Flemish Baroque sculptor of the mid 17th century. Artus II is likely to have received his training as a sculptor from his cousin Artus Quellinus I in Antwerp to where he must have moved from his native city of Sint-Truiden (then in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, now in the Belgian province of Limburg). He became a master of the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp in 1650-51.
The door is beautifully cast in "ajour" or open-work by using the lost-wax technique, in patinated and engraved bronze and depicting a winged angel, seated onto clouds and surrounded by cherubs. The angel is holding a large radiated monstrance which contains the Holy Host that is engraved with a scene of the Calvary.
Antwerp. Baroque era. 2nd half of the 17th century.
Dimensions: height 33cm ; width 18cm
13 000 €