NEW YORK – Chalices and ciboria, the goblet-shaped vessels for holding eucharistic wine and bread, are among the spiritual objects and religious art that will be offered in a Jasper52 online auction Wednesday, April 10.
A monstrance is an object in which the consecrated host is exposed for the adoration of the faithful. A nearly 2-foot-tall jeweled monstrance (above) is one of many beautiful objects in the 118-lot auction. The handcrafted monstrance is about 100 years old and has an estimate of $7,000-$8,000. It lacks a luna, the glass encasement that holds the host.
An ornate gold-plated ciborium is marked “sterling” and attributed to the well-known Benziger Bros. company. Dark red stones are set in the hand-embossed cup and base. The antique vessel (below) stands 11 7/8 inches tall to the top of the cross on the cover (est. $3,000-$3,500).
A sterling silver Communion chalice in the auction was made by Gilles Beaugrand Inc. of Montreal, which was founded in 1932. This 7¼-inch-high vintage chalice is still in like-new condition (est. $3,000-$5,000). The base and exterior of the cup are hand-hammered and the interior is lined in 24K gold.
Reliquaries are shrines or containers in which sacred relics are kept. A fine example of the latter is in the form of an 18½-inch-tall gold-plated angel that holds a smaller glass reliquary. The viewing window measures 1¼ by 1½ inches (est. $2,000-$2,500).
Handmade in Europe is a beautiful enamel panel depicting the Madonna with Child along with St. Peter and St. Paul (est. $5,000-$6,000).
An early 20th century etching on metal shows St. Mary kneeling before an angel. The metal panel is mounted on a wood plaque, which can be hung on a wall or stand using its easel-style support (est. $800-$1,000).
Small statues offered in the auction include St. Therese Lisieux, St. Joan of Arc and the Infant of Prague.
In time for the Easter season, this finely curated auction of church goods and spiritual objects will be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.