This rare set of antique religious postcards by the famous Italian sculptor Domenico Mastroianni consists of 8 unused cards that depict various scenes from Our Lord’s life including 6 of His miracles. The clay sculptures shown in each scene are amazingly realistic vignettes, and they capture the exquisite detail for which the artist was renowned.
These postcards were part of Mastroianni’s “Life of Christ” series and are now very rare. Each sculpture is signed by the artist, and each postcard is marked by the printing house A. Noyer of Paris.
Domenico Mastroianni (1876-1962) was a self-taught Italian artist who developed an amazing capacity to quickly model scenes in clay, photograph them, and then destroy each one before beginning another. He produced thousands of images, mostly reproduced as postcards or decorative prints. His subjects were deeply researched and generally religious, literary, or historical in nature. He called his technique sculptochromie, photo-sculptures, or sculptogravures.
This is a unique religious devotional brooch. The center is a petite image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile enameled in beautiful bright blue. This medal is framed in pearly lucite on a gold finished background. Gorgeous!
This is a gorgeous vintage rosary. The beads are delicate ovals made of luminous mother of pearl. The centerpiece is hexagonal with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile. The crucifix is very elegant and includes roses carved into the cross behind the corpus. “France” is printed on the reverse of the crucifix.
This is a fantastic vintage rosary. It is an early use of glow in the dark beads, likely from the 1950’s. The crucifix is the same glowing material with a metal corpus and a metal back. The centerpiece shows the Blessed Virgin Mary with hands folded in prayer while the reverse is a small image of Christ with His Sacred Heart exposed.
These rosaries became very popular in the 1950’s and are wonderful keepsakes. Image this scene from a time when Sunday worship was the focus of the week:
“The bishop of Peru shared on EWTN how he loved watching the people on their nightly walk up the mountain to attend Mass the next morning. With their rosaries around their necks or in their hands, you could see the long line of glowing beads moving slowly upward along the mountain trail.“ (taken from the Rosary Workshop website)
This is a wonderful vintage rosary case. It is heart shaped with a Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the center. The case is made of stiffened mesh with a brass colored finish and a kiss clasp closure.
Condition: The finish has dulled a bit with age. Please See Pictures