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A PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME GILT-METAL-MOUNTED ENAMEL MONSTRANCE
VENETIAN, CIRCA 1500
Surmounted by a cross and domed upper section, the body with four gilt-bronze colonettes and glass sleeve, above a stem with central knop and a spreading circular foot; minor wear to gilding, damages and restorations
Of all the Venetian enamelled items in this collection perhaps the rarest of all is the monstrance offered here. Not only is it significant for its scale and condition, but also for the fact that it is probably one of only a very small number of similar items still in existence. The other comparable examples found to date are a considerably smaller monstrance sold in the Ernest Brummer collection by Galerie Koller, Zurich, 16-19 Oct. 1979, lot 263, and a closely similar example in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (Verdier, loc. cit.).