Commemorative Monastery Work Wax Relief of two Saints and Tinsel ca. 1800
This is a very rare monastery work dated around 1800.
The central part is a very fine wax relief depicting Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and Saint Stanislaus Kostka. I thought a lot, why this two different Saints are depicting together, at the first glance they had only the have only a commonality: Saints of the Catholic Church.
Some Internet researches gave me a possible answer: both were canonized on 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. So this monastery work honors probably the canonization of the two saints.
The wax medallion is surrounded by a wonderful tinsel work. A larger golden "frame", some flower branches. To the bottom a small gaze "package" – I guess a relic, but the monastery work is closed, so I can only see it thru the glass. The edges are made of golden brocade.
To the top of the wax relief the inscription about the Saints names, to the bottom some letter too, but I can decipher only an A.
The monastery work has its original wooden frame, a very simple frame with fine engraved waves. The back side is a simple wooden panel with a long age crack. The crack does not affect the stability of the coverage.
The condition is very good. The monastery work is protected by its original glass (fine crack to the upper right corner), and shows barley dust, despite its age.
Measurements: 8 x 10 inches.
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