This is a precious and exquisite silver reliquary which honors to Saints (Jean Francois Regis Clet and Jean Gabriel Perboyre). It originates from just outside of Paris and dates towards 1880.
The reliquary box is a delicate work in silver (sanglier .925 hallmark). The reliquary side has a 1/8" frame adorned with arabesques and two raised filet borders. This holds the glass wafer which serves as a window. The background field is of gold fabric, the paper banners read, "Vble J.F. Clet and Vble. Perboyre" The side of the box (1/4") has delicate ornamentation featuring interlacing scrolls, flowers and tiny dots. The revers side has a central medallion with the crown of thorns, the monogram "IHS" and a tiny cross rising from the "H". There is an inner frame filled by raised flowers and arabesques. There is an outer frame filled by scallops and raised ovals. There is a ring at the top for threading a chain or ribbon. The box opens to reveal an Ecclesiastic red wax seal.
The two Saints both came from pious families and were missionaries in China: they died deaths of martyrs for their faith: Saint Jean-François-Régis CletOn 16 June 1819, with a bounty on his head, Francis was betrayed by a Christian schoolmaster whose behavior the missionary had tried to correct. Force marched hundreds of miles in chains to trial. On 1 January 1820 he was found guilty of deceiving the Chinese people by preaching Christianity. ST. JEAN GABRIEL PERBOYRE On September 11, 1839 Jean-Gabriel became one of the first victims of the persecutions against Christians, dying in a manner which had a striking resemblance to the passion of our Lord.
The reliquary box is in very good antique condition. The glass has no chips or cracks, the silver in good condition, the back"door" in working order. The reliquary pendentif box measures: 1" x 7/8".
It is such a delicate and beautiful work in silver, which has a sacred place in history and in the honorable remembrance of two missionary Saints.
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