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Antique French large Baroque Exposition Monstrance with ornate gilded Throne. Ref 5872
Solid silver gilt 19th century French Baroque Exposition Monstrance, complete with Lunette and fitted carrying case.
Monstrance made by Marie Thierry, the renowned French silvermith who worked in Paris during the period 1853-1885.
The Monstrance is hallmarked throughout with the French 19th century silver hallmark, and is gilded all over, except for some contrasting silver pieces in the design.
The centre of the Monstrance is surrounded with rays, surmounted with a cross. In the middle of the rays, the central glass is surrounded with raised cherubs in clouds.
A large Angel forms the stem of the Monstrance, holding a palm branch and pointing up towards the centre.
On the reverse side of the Monstrance, the Angel wings are worked very finely, and the same clouds can be seen surrounding the central glass.
At the base of the Angel are four small silver cherub heads, not gilded, in contrast to the rest of the piece.
The finely worked base stands on four feet and has fine engraving work.
On the front of the base, a fine image of the last supper is worked in contrasting silver colour.
On the reverse side of the base is a representation of the Holy Trinity. The sides are finished with raised bunches of grapes.
The Monstrance has an integral Pyx into which the Lunette is placed. The Pyx and Lunette can be removed to the Tabernacle.
The height is 103cm (40.5 inches). The width across the top is 50cm at the widest point. The base measures 26cm x 19cm across the maximum points between the feet. Internal diameter of the Lunette 7cm. The weight of the Monstrance is 4,040g.
The Monstrance comes complete with a brand new lined, fitted, carrying case.
The Tabor which is being sold with this Monstrance, fits it perfectly, in both style and size.
The Tabor is made from solid bronze gilt, and is the work of a bronze sculptor dating from around 1860. The design is based on drawings largely by Violet le Duc.
The Tabor features two individually made Angels, one on each side of the centre, offering an Altar cloth on which the Monstrance stands, and kneeling in adoration.
Cabouchon stones and decorative work complete the base and Altar cloth.
The Monstrance sits on the extremely well made Altar presented by the Angels, and the two make a perfect pair.
The Tabor measures 36cm in height and 71cm in length at the maximum points.
The Tabor comes complete with its original solid, lined, storage/carrying case, made to measure, as illustrated below.
This Monstrance and Tabor are both in excellent condition throughout. This is truly a unique and monumental set, which would make a magnificent and worthy addition to any Sanctuary.
It is difficult to portray the size and beauty of this set from photographs; the reality of it is truly inspiring and stunning.
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More detailed pictures of this antique French Baroque Exposition Monstrance and Tabor are illustrated below: