Arms & Armour, Asian, Ethno & More
By Scollard Auctions
Jun 13, 2024
Brea, California, United States
Auction featuring many fine examples of edged weapons, armour including many helmets and Japanese suit parts, ethnographic pieces featuring pre-Columbian, Filipino and Africa lots, a wide selection of jewelry, fossils and minerals as well as other assorted collectables.

LOT 1:

Important Documented Saxon Quill Polychrome Reliquary Cross, Circa 1750

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Auction took place on Jun 13, 2024 at Scollard Auctions

Important Documented Saxon Quill Polychrome Reliquary Cross, Circa 1750
Important and well provenanced cross of the Cloister Marienthal, Saxony circa 1750. Beautifully decorated and carved in wood with polychrome painted sunburst rays and an interior under glass. Heavily gilded and painted in white with elegant floral patterns in the German fashion. The interior of the cross under its original curio glass with a complex series of jeweled pierced filigree over a lace background. The cross features inscription in Latin on paper reading (Romani, Celsi, Magn, mansuet, aucundini, candida, adriani, urbani) or roughly (The noble Roman, the great man, of the great Aucundini, of the city of Hadrian). The base with a curio window for a reliquary and hinged tray accessible from the rear.

A post envelope circa 1950 and included documents. An included letter translated to English later details information from circa 1951 including quotes the Cross as being the collection of (Frau Gisela Heink, from Riesa, on the River Elbe in Saxony, East-Germany). The letter further states and translates the cross as per a chronicle from the Cloister Marienthal located in Saxony-Lausitz, Germany as being made circa 1750. At the time and currently the cloister belongs to the Catholic nun's order of the Listerrienser. When the nuns had to escape temporarily during the Napoleonic wars around 1800, the Cloister's secretary was likely given the cross. The secretary August Felix Heink a brother of Margaretha Williamson's great grandfather. The cross has remained in the family collection until 2024.

Kloster St. Marienthal is the oldest nunnery of the Cistercian Order of Germany to maintained unbroken occupation of its house since foundation, circa 1234. Size: 17 1/2" H x 8 1/4" W

Cloister Marienthal circa 1750-1800, Ex-August Felix Heink, and the family by descent 1800-1950, Margaretha Williamson 1950, Hix Family by descent. (Same Family from 1800-2024). George Fellows 1920-2000, purchased at earlier European Art Fairs
Condition: Good with some wear commensurate to age and use. Looseness to sunburst rays. Loss to some polychrome paint.

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