This is a spectacular Santos Diadem crown with a very large central "jewel". It comes from Paris and dates towards 1880.
There are few statues in the Catholic churches of Europe which remain embellished with their original jewels.. The many jeweled accessories became considered "unnecessary" and were ordered to be sold from the churches, both in the late 19th century and the mid 20th century . They entered into the antique markets where they quickly made their way into private collections.
The diadem form is an exuberant combination of arabesques and scroll. The base has a band of intertwining arabesque circles, each of is embellished with a central sapphire blue paste stone. The center stone (which is bezel set slightly askew....original to the form) is very large (7/8" x 3/4") and is in a luscious shade of ruby red. Large emerald green stones flank the ruby. The remaining arabesque design is embellished with clear, ruby and sapphire paste stones. The back band of the diadem has two loops for threading a ribbon through (as we have done here).
It measures: 2 7/8" tall at the front center tapering to 1" at the end of the arabesque band and 4" in diameter interior band. It is in very good antique condition, there are no missing stones, the gilded brass has been cleaned revealing the original gleaming patina.
It is the perfect size for a medium Santos statue. The large central stone, which reflects rays of ruby red in the light, gives it an especially regal countenance.
European Importer of Authentic 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques:Division of Paris Chateau
Fine Devotional Antiques: Ex Voto: Sacred Hearts: Santos Crowns: Reliquaries: Sacred Objects: Monastery Work: Religious Art