This is a remarkable set of antique sacred art prints. Each piece is a polychrome lithograph framed by an elaborate embossed paper arch. The images are Saint Joseph & Christ; a young Jesus; and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.
The first image is a youthful Jesus. He is shown in a setting full of Catholic symbolism. Our Lord has a cross leaning on His shoulder with a crown of thorns hanging from the top. There is a large chalice at the foot of the cross wrapped in grapevine. To one side of Our Lord is a rock, symbolizing Golgotha, with three nails. In the background are large plantings of grapes and wheat, symbolizing the Eucharist. Magnificent!
The second image is of Saint Joseph holding a young Christ in his lap. The two are holding hands while Jesus holds a spray of lilies in one arm, the symbol for purity, often associated with Saint Joseph.
The third image is Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque kneeling before Christ. He is shown pointing to His Sacred Heart. His hands are dripping blood and light is radiating from His heart and His hands. This is a representation of her vision when Christ instructed her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart.
The rich colors of each print are enhanced by the gold painted arch frame. The paper is quite thick, almost cardboard, and is deeply embossed.
Condition: Some of the topmost points are missing from the arches. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: 15" tall x 9" wide; Prints - 7.25" tall x 3.75" wide
This is a magnificent antique religious painting. It is an image of a very young Christ holding a globe surrounded by flowers. The globe and cross are an ancient symbol of authority and when Jesus is shown holding it it is referred to as the Salvator Mundi or The Savior of the World.
Reverse glass painting is an ancient folk art tradition of Bavaria. This piece is likely from the early turn of the century.
Condition: The backing is a vintage replacement. Please See Pictures
This is a magnificent antique religious statue. It is a youthful Blessed Virgin Mary with a sad, pensive expression. Our Lady is shown with her eyes lowered and her head slightly bowed. She is in dark robes with a veil that hangs in soft folds around her face. Her simple and elegant halo is radiant brass. Beautiful and moving.
We believe this piece is plaster covered wood. Made in Barcelona, Spain.
Condition: There are a few small chips in the plaster. Please See Pictures.
This is a stunning antique holy water font. The central image is an elongated Chi Rho christogram set in classic Art Deco period framing. The piece is metal with a bright brassy finish and a fluted plastic font bowl. Made in Germany.
Chi Rho Christogram:
According to the ancient historian Eusebius of Caesarea (circa 300 AD), Emperor Constantine I, who was not Christian, had a vision while on the march with his army. The emperor and his entire army saw a cross above the sun with the inscription “By this sign you will conquer” in Greek. Later, Christ appeared to him in a dream and instructed Constantine to use this sign as a protection in battle. Constantine ordered a likeness of the vision to be used as his new military standard and went on to win his battles. This insignia is now known as the Chi- Rho.
Constantine went on to study Christian theology and called a stop to the ongoing persecutions. He also decriminalized Christian worship with the Edict of Milan which allowed Christianity to flourish safely for the first time.
Condition: There are small scratches and wear in the finish. Please See Pictures.