This is a lovely vintage print of the famous 1487 painting “Madonna of the Pomegranate” by Sandro Botticelli. The scene shows the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus in her lap. Our Lady is surrounded by angels dressed in contemporary styles, and several symbols of the faith are depicted in the scene: roses representing the Madonna, lilies for purity, and books representing scripture.
The Madonna and Christ are both holding a large opened pomegranate in their hands. The pomegranate is a symbol of the resurrection and the hope of eternal life. The red juice represents Our Lord’s blood and suffering, and the seeds bursting from the fruit represent His resurrection. Because of the abundance of seeds contained in each fruit, the pomegranate can also represent the unity of the Church, and the seeds her many believers.
The frame is hexagonal with gesso texturing and a decorative cross.
Condition: The gesso detailing on the frame has cracked with age. Please see pictures.
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.