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 special antique religious find. It is simple and elegant with the Miraculous Medal image of Our Lady on above the rosary ring. These were worn by some Catholic religious orders as part of their distinct habits. The clip slides over a wide leather belt and the long 15 decade rosary is hung from the ring.
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.