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Cross, Spain, circa 1700. Gold and diamonds, 9 x 4 cm (3.5 x 1.6 in.) Weight 24.2 g. © Deborah Elvira at TEFAF Maastricht 2019, Stand 151. 

Provenance: Private collection, Spain.

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Reliquary Cross, Spain, circa 1600. Gold, enamel, ebony, ivory, rock crystal, 9 x 6.5 cm (3.5 x 2.6 in.) Weight 23.7 g. © Deborah Elvira at TEFAF Maastricht 2019, Stand 151.

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Saint Vincent Ferrer Pendant, Spain, circa 1620. Gold and enamel, 4 x 2.5 cm (1.6 x 1 in.). © Deborah Elvira at TEFAF Maastricht 2019, Stand 151.

Vincent Ferrer (Valencia 1350-Vannes 1419) was a Dominican friar and philosopher. He travelled around Europe preaching and was very much revered during his life. He was canonized in 1455. As a curiosity, in 1410 Vincent Ferrer founded in Valencia (Spain) the first orphanage in the world, which is still working.

The present sculpture follows the classic iconography of the Saint: with one finger showing upwards, Dominican habit and part of his motto in a phylactery: "Timete Devm et date illi [honorem, quia venit hora iudici eius]. Revelations 14:7: "Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come". 

ProvenancePrivate collection, Spain. 

Literature: Rafael García Serrano, La Moda española en el Siglo de Oro, Madrid, 2016, p. 341 

ExhibitedToledo, Museo de Santa Cruz, 'La Moda española en el Siglo de Oro', March 26th-June 14th 2015

The gallery, open by appointment only, is situated in a charming little town on the Mediterranean. We are specialized in historic jewellery and ironwork, from early Medieval to the 18th C. with a special attention to the Spanish Golden Age.

Deborah Elvira at TEFAF Maastricht 2019, Stand 151, March 16-24, 2019Plaza de la iglesia 212594 Oropesa del Mar, Spain +34 629647279 Visit website