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LOT 0477

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GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,540 - 7,760
USD ($) 6,570 - 9,190

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£4,500 (EUR 4,986; USD 5,910) (+bp*)

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Medieval Gilt Processional Cross

Italy, circa 1500 AD

A gilt bronze processional cross with quatrefoil lobe to the end of each arm and foliage in the spandrels, each quatrefoil with a three-quarter view nimbate bust reserved on a pounced field; to each arm a foliage and palmette motif on a hatched background; Corpus Christi modelled in the round (probably earlier, 14th century AD) with shoulder-length hair and knee-length loincloth; reverse with low-relief ornament including nimbate busts in the quatrefoil terminals, Corpus Christi on the cross with skull and crossed bones beneath; Italian, probably Tuscan workmanship; tapering attachment post; mounted in a custom-made display stand. 2.5 kg total, 50cm including stand (19 3/4"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Ex central London gallery; formerly with Francis Janssens van der Maelen, Bruxelles, Belgium in 2003.