One of two fabulous old Italian micro mosaic crucifixes that we're adding today, both large and impressive and both in wonderful condition! Be sure to browse a bit while you're with us, these magnificent antique religious pieces make superb devotional as well as decorative accents! A splendid example of the tourist trade micromosaics of the turn of the century, 1900, give or take, when Grand Tour travel was in its own 'Belle Epoche' and artisans souvenir pieces such as this found their way home with the wealthy fortunate few who traveled the world collecting them. So much finer than a screen-printed t-shirt with Romulus, Remus and the she-wolf, after all - no? This one is entirely worked into a heavy nickel (or nickel plated) framework, assuring the long long life to the full installation of tiny bits of colored glass tesserae with which it is worked. Four souvenir style medallions at each of the four points of the cross, the top shows the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican (or simply St. Peter's Basilica), left is the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, right is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and bottom is St. Paul's Basilica. The center shows a figural medallion with Christ top center and others below with a notation above that reads "Pax Christi In Regno Christi" which means "Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ". Lovely with colorful flowers in a turquoise mosaic, also implements within the mosaic including a ladder, hammer, etc.. Are YOU going on a Grand Tour of Italy this year? Your souvenir is about 1/3 the price here in our shop as it will be when you find it there (if you can find one). The Italy dealers actually do buy fine micromosaics from us! As noted, this is one of two that we're adding this week, the other a large 16.5" free-standing altar style piece with silvered Christ and white doves so be sure to take a look at it also while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good condition. Some age darkening to the silvered medallions and there are some tiny tarnish or corrosion spots to the surface of the nickel cross framework. Possibly one or two missing glass tile tesserae (but nothing that I noticed the moment). See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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