Antique wood and gesso religious statue with original paint of the virgin and martyr, Saint Barbara. With one hand she holds a tower that looks like a lighthouse; with the other she covers her heart. Her long hair and vestments have the movement of baroque statuary. The whole statue is 35" tall; the base is 9" wide and 6" deep. Condition is good except for the crackling of the old paint and some losses to the wood notably her nose and one of the cornices of the tower. This ve ...click for details
A very large page, made of vellum or sheepskin, from an antiphonale or choirbook used for the Gregorian chant at the Divine Office in a cathedral or monastery. The 5 line musical staff in red and the large, square neums or notes in black date it to sometime in the 16th or 17th century. The text is an antiphon for Matins or Vigils for the feast of All Saints which is a paraphrase of psalm 14: O Lord, he who does justice shall dwell in your tabernacle and rest on your holy mountain. The revers ...click for details
A very old oil painting on canvas of a male with a beard, the monastic tonsure and a halo, wearing a Dominican habit and holding in one hand a key and in the other a staff with a gold or brilliant medal at the top, possibly Saint Raymond of Penyafort. The medal appears to have the figure of a child but it is difficult to make it out. This religious antique painting, possibly earlier than the 18th century, appears to have been restored and repainted, probably by the Dominican nuns from whom it ...click for details
Beautifully painted Russian icon depicting 3 apostles standing on the clouds of heaven below 3 patriarchs and metropolitans or bishops wearing copes. The names of 3 of the saints are in cyrillic letters in their halos. There is also a title probably in old church slavonic in the gilt field at the top of the icon. The icon is framed with gold or silver decorative wire and a red velvet frame. Condition is very good although the a very small amount of paint has flaked off on the top right and b ...click for details
Small, but beautifully painted Russian icon on wood depicting several male saints standing barefoot on clouds and wearing biblical period clothing, probably apostles. The 3 bearded half-saints above wear the vestments of a bishop or metropolitan. The rich colors of the clothing stand out beautfully against the gilt halos and background. There is one word in Cyrillic at the top, and the names of 3 of the saints in their halos. Condition of the painting is excellent. The red velvet framing ha ...click for details
A beautifully painted Russian icon depicting a group of 12 saints. The central figure wears a red vestment and holds a scroll with Cyrillic writing. A king and queen and a metropolitan stand to her right. To her left are a young child, an ascetic (possibly Saint John the Baptist) and some bearded gentlemen in copes. There are some names in the halos above a few of the figures. The painting is framed with gold or silver wire and long faded and worn red velvet over wood. Condition of the pai ...click for details
Spelter figure with a bronze patina of a Greek or Roman bearded archer seated on a very stylish chair. He holds a bow on one side; arrows are in the quiver at his feet. The white metal statue sits on an oval wooden base with 4 round feet. Condition is excellent. Height of figure from the table is 11" The base is 12" long and 6.5" wide.
Very fine 19th century gilt bronze statue of Pope Saint Gregory I also called the Great. This majestic figure wears a fringed cope and the triple crowned papal tara and carries the triple cross crozier. At his feet lies a book. The opening at the base of this reliquary is for a relic long gone. Height is 27" The base is 7" x 7" Condition is excellent. There are no foundry or artist's marks.
This is a rustic carving in wood, covered in gesso, then painted and gilded, of the crowned Virgin Mother of God, Mary, and her Child Jesus. Height is 12" Width is 3.75" and depth 1.75" Condition is good with somes losses of the gesso especially to the forehead of the child and loss of the corner of the wood on the rear base.
Large pewter urn for storing holy oils in a cathedral with the letters O and C in gothic script on the front, probably abbreviations for Oleo Catechumenorum- Oil of the Catechumens. The two handles are nicely decorated with lines and flowers. The lid with a cross at the top lifts off. There is a large, indecipherable makers mark on the base. Size is 19" in height; the base is 6" in diameter. Condition is good except for some dings and wear to the metal. Also the base seems to have ...click for details