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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 160

    AN INDO-PORTUGUESE, GUJARAT, OR MIDDLE EASTERN MOTHER-OF PEARL AND BONE-INLAID CRUCIFIX

    LATE 17TH 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN INDO-PORTUGUESE, GUJARAT, OR MIDDLE EASTERN MOTHER-OF PEARL AND BONE-INLAID CRUCIFIX
    LATE 17TH 18TH CENTURY
    With an ormolu corpus on a cross inlaid overall with a geometric pattern and florettes, on a pyrimidal base with the symbols of the Franciscan order and with cylinders affixed to the cross and base
    25 in. (63.5 cm.) high


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    This unusual crucifix, with its lively and sophisticated, yet eccentric design, is a classic hinge piece between the East and West. Here, a familiar Western form is slightly adapted by Eastern materials and craftsmanship and the local design traditions.

    An almost identical crucifix, of exactly the same form, materials and with the same mix of geometric and floral inlay is in the Franciscan Church at Livorno (see Can. E. Mai, La Chiesa della Madonna in Livorno: una chiesa tutta dialogio, Livorno, 2001, cover illustration). For additional examples of several other of these unusual objects, and for a discussion in the difficulty in precise attributions for these pieces made over an area from the Near East, specifically the Jerusalem area, to the Indian subcontinent, see N. Vasallo e Silva, No caminho do Japão, 1993, cat. 8 and 9.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTOR
    (LOT 160)