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French Rosewood inlaid Crucifix c.1860


This is a spectacular antique 19th century Chinese Export Cross for the European aristocratic and upper class market (c.1860). Made of rosewood inlaid with finely engraved mother-of-pearl, with Jesuit order sacred religious symbols.

The symbols are: The centre with Eucharistic chalice , The Sacred heart of Jesus pierced by the lance wounds, (a symbol of Christ's love of humanity), with the dove of peace above . The Arma Christi (the instruments of the Passion) below such as the ladder , and floral scrolling including peonies. Some minor losses commensurate with age. ( The heart above the chalice has been recently replaced with a circle of mother of pearl).

Dimensions: H600 x W260mm

Technical Notes: REFERENCES: A similar cross is published in the Sotheby’s catalogue: Fine Chinese Decorative Works of Art New York, April 18 and 19 ,1989; lot 465A, Title: Mother of Pearl Inlaid Wooden Jesuit Cross, Early 19th century, at a price of $ 3,000-5,000 Pounds (over 24 years ago).

Available to view at:
European Antiques & Furnishings
21 Ariki Street
Grey Lynn
Phone: 09 360 9858
Mobile: 027 414 0081

Viewing by appointment between these hours:
Tue- Fri 10am- 6pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday and Monday : CLOSED

Price:  (NZ $2,250.00)
Code:  21EA122
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