chatelaine stamp in vermeil

Chatelaine stamp in vermeil
agate and carnelian

Circa 1830

H: 3 cm

Woodwork trumeau water green lacquered

Woodwork trumeau water green lacquered. Motifs of flowers, garlands and carved and gilded foliage. Original mercury mirror.
18th century.

H: 86.6 inch.
L: 57.9 inch.

Mary Magdalene, 17 c.

Oil on wood showing Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdalene is represented with the perfume that she spread on the feet of Christ before wiping them with her hair, an initiating scene which makes her the beloved of Christ: "Your faith has saved you, go in peace" .
The sinner will become the apostle of the Apostles, the figure of the woman who loved Christ the most.
The skull is a renunciation of the vanities of life and can also lead us to believe in a cult that Mary Magdalene would render to her deceased "husband". But this is a misnomer. Marie-Madeleine knows the secrets of life and death. As the muse of the sacred feminine, she carries and transmits this knowledge until our time, in particular through the various works of which she is the inspiring muse. The skull then symbolizes the new beginning initiated by knowledge: a passage from ignorance to gnosis and true intelligence. The book that accompanies the representations of Mary Magdalene proceeds from the same symbol. This is yet another allusion to the fact that knowledge is drawn and transmitted from the primordial ocean of feminine energy, a recurring theme in many religions.
In our painting, Mary Magdalene is represented in the sanctuary of Sainte-Baume, a cave which bears her name where, like the beloved of the Song of Songs « le Cantique des Cantiques » "dove hidden in the hollow of the rock, in steep retreats", she could abandoned herself in to prayer and contemplation in loneliness”. A spiritual and philosophical retreat but this is another story ...

14 x 11.8 inch.
17 c.

With frame: 61,5 x 41,6 inches
Without frame: 53,1 x 36,6 inches

Diana and Callisto

Callisto was a nymph of great beauty and a follower of the Goddess Diana. She swore to him to remain chaste but seduced by Zeus in the form of Diana, Callisto conceived a child. (Greek mythology here evokes the Sapphic loves of the goddess of chastity)
Our painting represents the repudiation of Callisto when Diane realized the pregnancy of her favorite.
This theme was often dealt with in renaissance painting giving painters the opportunity to show nudes.
The composition of this painting takes in many points that carried out by Titian.

Circa 1720

57 x 40 in.

Weekly directory

Weekly directory in green painted wood. Superb patterns of garlands and carved and gilded foliage.
Early 19th c.
Savoie County

Height: 62,5 in.
Length: 24 in.
Depth: 15,7 in.

Wonderful jewelry chandelier, Decorator’s work

Wonderful jewelry chandelier, Decorator’s work made from old elements, grape pearls, blown glass beads, and crystals.
Circa 1930

H: 33.86 in.
D : 24.81 in.

Portrait of a gentleman

Oil on canvas
English school,
18th century
posterior frame.

Height with frame: 40 in.
Length with frame: 34 in.
Without frame: 33 in x 24 in.

Terracotta 'Turquerie' from the 18th century

Pair of terracotta women from the end of the 18th century, dressed in an oriental, "turquerie" way.
Differences of pose, outfit, hairdress and faces
France or Italie
Grey painting probably from the 19th century

Length 31.4 in
Width 23.6 in
Height 9.8 in

Wooden sculpted Baby Jesus

Wooden sculpted Baby Jesus.
Polychrome carved wood, face covered with a thin layer of polychrome stucco
sulphurous eyes

Christ points his index finger at a (missing) lamb which symbolizes the knowledge and acceptance of his sacrifice for the redemption of mankind

A replaced finger (middle finger of the left hand) as well as the right foot. 19th century mounting on metal base.

18th century.

Height : 25.1 in
Width : 8.6 in

The Virgin, Christ and Saint John the Baptist children.

The Virgin, Christ and Saint John the Baptist children.
The Virgin holds Christ on her knees. By his side, Saint John the Baptist holds out to Christ a phylactery on which is inscribed "Ecce Agnus Dei": Here is the Lamb of God. The two children kiss, this movement symbolizing their destiny. The look of the Virgin, gentle and peaceful on her Child, shows the knowledge and acceptance of the future sacrifice of her son.
Oil on wood
17th century

L: 5,5 in x H: 7 in - without frame
L: 10 in x H: 11,5 in - with gilded frame (not presented)