French reliquary cross
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French reliquary cross

Philippe d´Arschot

Date 1531

Period 1400-1600, 16th Century

Origin France, Valenciennes

Medium Silver, silver gilt and rock crystal

Dimension 18 x 13 cm (7¹/₈ x 5¹/₈ inches)

The two sides of the cross must be read as a whole: on the obverse are 14 relics sealed under rock crystal cabochons, which are described on the reverse in two phylacteries. The text, with many abbreviations, is not easy to read but it is possible to understand that these relics consist of stone fragments related to the Passion of Christ, the Virgin and Saints Peter and Stephen.

Date: 1531

Period: 1400-1600, 16th Century

Origin: France, Valenciennes

Medium: Silver, silver gilt and rock crystal

Signature: Goldsmith signing with a tree

Dimension: 18 x 13 cm (7¹/₈ x 5¹/₈ inches)

Literature: Gents zilver in Laarne, 2009, n° 149, p. 253.

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Philippe d´Arschot

Fine antique silver from the 16th to the 19th Centuries

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