Dating to c.1590-1610, this magnificent reliquary pendant has been in my private collection for a very long time, but I have decided to "de-access" it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 3" x 2", this Spanish treasure displays a late 16th-century hand-colored print of the Mary of Sorrows, her arms folded, looking up to Heaven. However, the real star here is the reliquary pendant! Wrought in copper gilt, the reliquary boasts beautiful cloisonne enamel in dark blue and white back and front! The reverse displays an enameled Cup of the Eucharist with a cross and nimbus, and outstanding, high Baroque swirls and Mannerist strapwork! Even the bail to this impressive devotional jewel is enameled; it is truly an amazing example!
Best of all, this fabulous, turn-of-the-17th century jewel is 100% all original, and has survived over 420 years without damage or repairs; the enamel is still 90% intact, both front and back! Even the crystal covering the print of Mary is original, with the thick, lovely waves typical of early glass. This reliquary, also known as a "venera," was most likely made in Barcelona. The Victorian and Albert Museum collections hold a nearly-identical reliquary, dating to 1600 and listed as made in Barcelona.
A jewel of this importance would have been worn by a high-ranking priest or nun in early 17th-century Spain, but today, it is a fabulous devotional jewel that is also highly-wearable! Weighing in at 47.68 grams, this rarity is a double-sided wonder, and can be worn with either side displayed. It also represents a fine investment opportunity for the serious collector of early High Church jewelry or reliquaries. The jewel weighs in at 47.66 grams. JUST HEAVENLY!
If you cherish the finest in early Spanish jewelry, this highly-rare, double-sided treasure belongs around your neck and in your collection! It ould also make a thrilling gift for any lady or gentleman enchanted with early Church history, and will be shipped in a gift box. As with all of my items pre-dating 1700, this reliquary will be sold with a COA and valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra charge. Do not miss this beautiful Spanish treasure;I am loathe to part with it, but let my loss be your gain! Up to 120-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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