My associate in France is an expat American historian of European Decorative Arts & museum curator, with 45 years of advanced experience. The antiques trade is rife with perpetuated errors, and moving to France 25 years ago meant that I had to unlearn more than a few. Schiffers The Brass Book pub.
1978 is notoriously unreliable and neither The Lear Collection , nor The English Candlestick, 1425 to 1925 are much better. However, the Anglo-American world does not hold a monopoly on the constant repetition of clichés and errors - French metalwork and ceramics amateurs tend to tout the name of Jean Bérain to the exclusion of all others in reference to pieces that vaguely conform to some Bérain designs, but this is a huge , and grossly inaccurate over-simplification. In addition to the lost 17. Tall , this is the second-largest copper alloy.Crucifix I have ever managed to acquire for Elly for resale they are universally expensive on the French market. The acorn baluster knop is typical of French lighting, prior to about 1640 its earliest appearance remains to be precisely documented, but there is no technical or aesthetic reason why this superb crucifix couldnt be mid-16. Please keep in mind that circa means exactly that - about - and in this case, the range is from 1550 to 1640. Both the large size and lack of extensive surface rubbing rule this out as being a domestic piece it is either from a château chapel, church or cathedral. And, the obvious presence of the French royal Fleur-de-lys on the cross argues for it being from a high-status member of the church, wealthy merchant class or aristocracy. The Corpus Christi is held in place with a single bronze pin and pivots slightly, but this is original to the piece, and presents no problems - no other pins are missing. The triangular base is flawless; the matching gilded bronze surfaces on both the crucifix and base (quite a bit of the gilding is intact) are harmonious, but this was next to impossible to accurately capture in the photos. The shaft of the cross is slotted into the base, and pinned both front and back and the original gilding goes over the pins.
I have seen this same type of slotted construction before, on other large 16. Century French bronze crucifixes, and can document it. As can be seen in photos 9, 10 & 12, the original gilding also goes over the grid marks on the shaft these are from an early bench vise I recently bought 2, partly to document their existence and use such waffle or grid marks are frequently found on pre-1690 Continental copper alloy pieces.The crucifix is technically untouched there are no repairs whatsoever all of the bronze pins are original and undisturbed. The only condition comment is that the base of the shaft has been sloppily soldered to the left & right, where it fits into the base this was not necessary, and can be cautiously cleaned off. A very thin metal wafer can then be inserted into the minute gap, and glued in place with a high-strength epoxy.
We are independently listed with the. Under France, you will find me listed twice the first time is as the founder of record of the. Outstanding, but as-seen, and as described above. There is otherwise considerably less than the usual amount of surface wear to be expected on a formal piece that has been polished over the past 4 centuries. Please examine the photos closely they are an integral part of the description.
Note : Photos are high resolution use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish more. New Bedford Museum of Glass. : maximum width 7 & 7/8 19.8 cm. : maximum foot width 7 & 5/6 19.4 cm.Weight 2.84 kilos, not including packaging. Is 32 Euros , & to North America is 62 Euros. Please read listings carefully rates & conditions are substantially different. There is a major problem with the age, condition or origin of a piece as described ; and this is confirmed by a qualified expert. Please inquire, as to mailing costs!
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We fiercely protect our Intellectual Property rights and in court, when necessary. The item "Important 16th century French gilded bronze 22 inch tall crucifix circa 1600" is in sale since Sunday, March 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware". The seller is "etb2011" and is located in Limousin Region. This item can be shipped worldwide.