Offering for sale a most wonderful and rare reliquary. This one would have been made by a Nun or Sister of a Holy Order (or rarely a Monk or Priest) for their personal use. It has a red satin background and sides, lining in red inside and out. In the center is a lovely miniature white bisque or French pipe clay or plaster figurine of the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus on a pedastal of white taffeta and surrounded by ornate gold paperolles, and framed with a heart shaped paperolle. There are 19 relics, all labeled, at the top is St Therese. (she was the reason we originally bought this one). These are very large relics, many of them twenty times the size normally found in a reliquary for home use. I see also St Celestine, Helene, Edme, etc. Reading these labels in reliquaries is an art in itself, and often a new owner will never know for sure who all the Saints are in their reliquary. There are several marked St Reliques, meaning the person making the reliquary did not know the name as the relic was acquired in a group, most often of Martyrs. This is a very fancy reliquary, whoever made it was quite skilled at the art. It is covered with hand cut glass, which could be removed if necessary for cleaning, etc. Notice how the maker used a cardboard oval box or similar container to start her reliquary as evidenced by the photo of the back. Unlike the more common reliquaries which contain only one relic and are in metal, these made for personal use would have had relics selected by the Sister or other maker for their personal use, possibly favorite Saints of theirs, or Saints selected by their Religious Order. This one originated in France. It measures 4 & 7/8" tall by 3 & 7/8" wide and is in overall good condition. When we acquired this the prior owner had put it in a wood frame and luckily we were able to extricate it and restore it to its original form. Reliquaries should never be disturbed or altered, it would be considered a sacrilege.; and should be opened only for necessary repair. This is one of the loveliest ones we have been lucky enough to keep, with the beautiful miniature statue in the center and the huge size of the relics. Please note the background of this reliquary is a uniform color of red, my camera hates reds and has made it look like it is pink in some places, it is not.
Item ID: R-011
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