19th Century Precious Reliquary Saint John
A masterpiece coming from France!
This round etui made of moleskin contains a fabulous MOP Miniature under domed glass. The miniature is a fine drawing on mother of pearl plaques and depicts Saint John praying ahead of a ciborium with host and aureole, symbol of the body and blood of Jesus.
The details of the saint miniature are stunning. The drawing is made over four masterly assembled MOP plaques. The medallion is surrounded by a fine metal garland, probably bronze and adorned with four metal leaves with beautiful repousse work. The miniature is framed by cut crystal pearls.
The base of the shrine is lined with fine embroidery on silk, a wonderful floral motif in gold and blue. The same cloth is used for the lid of the shrine. Inside of the shrine, close to the edge, small engraved mother of pearl plaques, jointed by golden filament.
I tried to describe this wonderful piece, but please study the photographs – they will say more!
The glass has some small chips of the rim.
Unique collector piece, bedroom altar or for the discrete, heartfelt prayer. Measurements: diameter: 3.4 inches, height: 0,8 inches. The condition is excellent, some insignificant use traces on the shrine and some edge chips. Nothing what could diminish the beauty of this little gem. Dated in the second half of the 19th Century.