MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN ART

Rare Treasures Of Early European Art



STONE LEATHER WEAPONS JEWELRY
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MEDIEVAL EARLY CHRISTIAN ART IN STONE

ENIGMATIC EARLY BIBLICAL SYMBOLISM

9764. ROMANESQUE MARBLE SCULPTURE. France or Northern Italy, Romanesque period, c. 11th-13th century. A free standing triangular sculpture, likely from an early church, with a man with unkept hair, most likely Jesus, grasping the head of a lion which in turn holds a serpent in its mouth. Clearly a highly symbolic piece though the exact meaning is somewhat obscure. 5.5 x 10.5 x 19 inches. Excellent condition, all original with no repair or restoration. Extremely rare and a very remarkable piece of early Christian iconography.

Though not certain, the symbology of this piece most likely refers to Psalm 91:11-13 "Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet." which is traditionally taken to refer to the defeat of Satan (represented by the serpent and the lion) by Jesus. The passage led to the Late Antique and Early Medieval iconography of Christ treading on the beasts, in which two beasts are often shown, usually the lion and snake or dragon, and sometimes four, which are normally the lion, dragon, asp (snake) and basilisk (which was depicted with varying characteristics) of the Vulgate. All represented the devil, as explained by Cassiodorus and Bede in their commentaries on Psalm 91.[34] The serpent is often shown curled round the foot of the cross in depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus from Carolingian art until about the 13th century; often it is shown as dead. The Crucifixion was regarded as the fulfillment of God's curse on the Serpent in Genesis 3:15. Sometimes it is pierced by the cross and in one ivory is biting Christ's heel, as in the curse.

Provenance: A private North Eastern collection. Acquired in the 1980's from a New York dealer.

$36,000.



GOTHIC CATHEDRAL ART

8773. FULL SIZED GOTHIC TORSO, France or Northern Italy, early Gothic period, c. 13th century. The life sized limestone torso of a young man, most likely from a cathedral, wearing a belted tunic with cuffed sleeves, open at the neck. Dimensions, 11 x 16 x 16 inches, 85 lbs. Free standing. All original with no repair or restoration. A rare chance to acquire an impressive medieval sculpture.

Provenance: Acquired in the 1980's from a New York dealer.

$8000.



MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN WEAPONS & TOOLS

8325. AN EARLY MEDIEVAL SCABBARD FITTING, c. 5th-7th century. In the form of a feline head. Would have reinforced the scabbard's lower end. 1.8". Rare and nice. This could also be from Ordos or another 'animal art' culture.

$1850.



MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN JEWELRY

TREASURE OF THE CONQUISTADORS

11670. EARLY SPANISH GOLD CROSS WITH 34 EMERALDS. Spain, 17th-18th century. A beautiful and highly ornate original early Spanish gold cross set with 34 emeralds. Likely manufactured in the New World from the huge quantities of gold and emeralds found there judging from the small Pillars of Hercules mark on the back, and then part of the vast treasures shipped back to Spain on the Spanish treasure galleons. 2.5 inches in height. Intact with all the original emeralds, and wearable with original suspension loop. In excellent condition save for a couple of minute press marks on the reverse. Side view. Back view.

Provenance: A private European collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

$30,000.



11668. FINE MEDIEVAL ORNAMENT WITH GILDING AND NIELLO. Hungary, likely Arpad Hazi royal bloodline period, c. 1100-1300 AD, the first Hungarian royal dynasty. The ornament in silver with niello inlay and gilded borders, with four small tenons for attachment on the back. Likely used to ornament some wooden liturgical casket or perhaps the jewelry box of a noble. 14 x 15 mm. A very fine quality and very rare medieval ornament. Back view.

Provenance: From a private Hungarian collection formed in the 1950's. In the US since the 1960's.

$850.



11667. RARE LIMOGES GILDED FITTING WITH THE WINGED OX OF ST. LUKE. Limoges, France, c. 12th century AD. The bronze fitting with holes for attachment to a wooden liturgical casket or perhaps the jewelry box of a noble, or possibly a bookplate. The piece ornamented with a gilded angel or perhaps a winged ox, the medieval symbol of St. Luke, the Evangelist. The winged ox is the symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, anticipated by Ezekiel. The ox, recognized as the animal of sacrifice, was applied to St. Luke because his Gospel emphasizes the atonement made by Christ's sacrifice of himself on the Cross. 1.25 x 2.5 inches. Similar example found in a dig at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, England.

Provenance: From a private Hungarian collection formed in the 1950's. In the US since the 1960's.

$2500.



11682. LARGE VIKING MAN'S BRONZE RING. Denmark. c. 10th century AD. With detailed engraved designs and excellent emerald patina. Intact but for small chip to bezel. Bezel 33 x 30 mm. 25mm internal diameter (see our Ring Size converter in our Tools, Links section.) Side view.

Provenance: A metal detectorist find in Denmark.

$650.



8762. OSTROGOTH SILVER EARRING, ca. 5th century AD. The large loop supporting a 14 faceted terminal. 3.5 cm. Repair to loop. Rare.

$350.



8165. RARE MEDIEVAL INSCRIBED PENDANT WITH CROSS. Italy, c. 8th-13th century. The bronze pendant inscribed BIPHV.VHPXIWI PL(L is backwards)IX-KIM around a central medallion on which is inscribed a radiate cross. 1.5 x 1.75 inches. Suspension loop broken otherwise excellent condition. Very rare with intriguing untranslated inscription.

$1250.



9766. ROMANO-BRITISH ENAMELED BROOCH, ca. 4th-5th century. Of rhomboidal form with inlays of white, blue and orange enamel remaining. Pin lost. 1.5 inches. Beautiful bright colors!

$650.



8755. FINE ROMANO-BRITISH ENAMELED OPENWORK BROOCH, ca. 2nd-4th century. The bronze fibula with arched openwork plate with fine incised designs and inlaid with eight enamel triangles (four green remaining), both ends molded into the heads of felines with finely incised details. 2.2". Pin restored. Very rare.

$450.



9767. DARK AGES GILT BRONZE INLAY. Possibly Frankish or Vandalic, ca. 5th-7th century. The rectangular inlay with a molded panther on a checkered background. Traces of gilding with more on back covered by light deposits. 20 x 25mm. Better than image. Rare.

$850.



MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN GLASS

9116. CHOICE EARLY DARK AGES GLASS VIAL, ca. 5th-6th century. Of fine deep aqua glass with ribbed body and knobbed neck with rolled and expanded rim. Pontil mark at base, some iridescence on neck. 4.8". Tiny pin hole, otherwise excellent condition & very rare. Small museum number in red ink on shoulder.<

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$2500.



MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN OIL LAMPS

10019. AN EARLY FLEMISH BRASS LAMP, c. 1760's. Constructed of three pieces including the body, lid and stand with handle. Early North European type. 10" height. Scarce.

$350.



MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN PAINTING ON WOOD

11389. LIFE SIZE 16TH CENTURY POLYCHROME CRUCIFIX. Spain, 16th century. Carved wood polychrome altar piece of the crucified Christ on the cross. Accompanied by a letter from Sotheby's Madrid (in Spanish) authenticating the piece and its dating. Copy will be provided to the buyer. 220 x 160 cm. Paint in generally excellent condition consistent with age. Full length view. Right side. Torso. Hand. More photos available upon request. Pick up or shipping from Madrid, Spain.

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11390. LIFE SIZE 16TH CENTURY POLYCHROME VIRGIN MARY IN ADORATION AT THE CROSS, Spain, c. 1600. Polychromed carved wood altar piece depicting the Virgin Mary in adoration at the cross. Accompanied by a letter from Sotheby's Madrid (in Spanish) authenticating the piece and its dating. Copy will be provided to the buyer. 170 cm. Paint in generally excellent condition consistent with age other than three fingers missing from right hand. Pick up or shipping from Madrid, Spain. Full length view. Back view. More photos available upon request.

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11391. LIFE SIZE 16TH CENTURY POLYCHROME ST. JOHN IN ADORATION AT THE CROSS, Spain, c. 1600. Polychromed carved wood altar piece depicting St. John in adoration at the cross. Accompanied by a letter from Sotheby's Madrid (in Spanish) authenticating the piece and its dating. Copy will be provided to the buyer. 180 cm. Paint in generally excellent condition consistent with age other than two fingers missing from right hand and slight damage to base. Pick up or shipping from Madrid, Spain. Full length view. Right side. Back view. More photos available upon request.

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11389a. 16TH CENTURY POLYCHROMED WOOD CRUCIFIXION GROUP. Spain, 16th century. The 3 carved wood polychrome figures above of Christ crucified, The Virgin Mary and St. John. Refer to descriptions above for details. Pick up or shipping from Madrid, Spain.

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7479. EARLY CHRISTIAN CARVED AND PAINTED WOODEN LID, c. 12th-14th century AD. The sliding lid with handle one end and beveled edges, carved with Christ or a Saint laid to rest in his tomb, a checkerboard pattern painted below. Likely the lid of a relic box. 3.25 x 10.5 inches.

Provenance: The estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the mid 20th century. Brought to the US in 1954.

$650.



EARLY CHRISTIAN SEALS & STAMPS

7327. EARLY CHRISTIAN STAMP SEAL WITH THE DOVE OF CHRIST, c. 4th-6th century AD. Hard fired clay with loop handle on rv. 3 inches diameter.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$850.



7328. RARE CRUSADER PERIOD STAMP SEAL, c. 11th-12th century AD. The stamp seal depicting a warrior wearing a helmet and chain mail. Hard fired clay with loop handle on reverse. 3 inches diameter. Edge break. Rare.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$450.



7329. EARLY CHRISTIAN STAMP SEAL WITH A LION, c. 4th-6th century AD. Hard fired clay with loop handle on rv. 3 inches diameter.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$450.



7332. EARLY CHRISTIAN STAMP SEAL WITH UNCERTAIN ANIMAL, c. 4th-6th century AD. Hard fired clay with loop handle on rv. 2.75 inches diameter.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$350.



MEDIEVAL & EARLY CHRISTIAN FIGURES IN VARIOUS MEDIA

THE HEAD OF MOSES

7319. AN IMPORTANT RARE EARLY CHRISTIAN TERRA COTTA HEAD OF MOSES, c. 3rd-6th century AD. Gaunt features with long Biblical beard and mustachios typical of the depiction of Moses. 2.75 inches. Very rare.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$3500.



8162. RARE MEDIEVAL BRONZE CROSS. Italy, c. 12th-15th century. The cross with figure of Christ over five cruciform openings that once held inlay. 3.25. Intact but small suspension loop. Extremely rare and nice - certainly much better if properly cleaned and restored with inlay.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$850.



8166. EARLY SILVER CHRIST, c. 17th -18th century. Finely detailed figure of Christ from a reliquary cross. Light deposits attesting age. 1.25 x 1.75 inches.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$350.



8033. MEDIEVAL GILT BRONZE CROSS, c. 14th-16th century. The cross of recessed form with attached figure of Jesus, areas of gilding visible through patina and probably much more gilding underneath, suspension loop at top. 3 inches. Rare.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$1250.



CHRIST TAMING THE SERPENT OF SATAN

8328. MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN APPLIQUE, c. 5th-10th century. Seated figure of Christ holding a large serpent, with a large Christian cross on chest. Very interesting object which deserves further study. 1.4". Head missing.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent assembled in the early part of the 20th century and brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$850.



EARLY CHRISTIAN ICONS

DATED 1898

9994. EARLY PAINTING OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD ON WOOD. Signed and dated 1898 Martie 6. The painting on wood with the virgin and child flanked by Saints Stefan and Ecaterina, their names beside their figures, twin antiwarp cleats in the back. 15 x 18.25 inches. Beautiful painting and in generally excellent condition.

Provenance: Acquired at Dawson's Auction house, NJ April, 2000.

$4500.



8861. EXCEPTIONAL RUSSIAN ICON, c. 1820. Hand painted scene depicting St. John. 10.5" x 12.5". Tempera and gesso on wood panel with slots for two anti-warp cleats now missing. An especially beautiful rendering and an exceptionally impressive icon.

Provenance: Acquired at Dawson's Auction house, NJ April, 2000 .

$3750.