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The Virgin Mary - the Most Holy Mother of God Collection

The veneration of the Theotokos is of the same order as the veneration of all the saints, and shares with it a common foundation; excepting only that among the saints, the Most Holy Virgin Mary naturally occupies the first place and stands higher than them all.

Theca with relic of the Belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary

18th century double- crystal reliquary theca containing   class relics of  the Belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The relics are between two panes of crystal and titled in 18th century ductus as De Singula / Be[atus] Virginis Mariae (Of the Belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of coat of arms of Italian Bishop affixed to the silver wire surrounding the crystal theca.

 

  • ID# 84-RSCR-9
  • Size 42 x 38 mm (without the seal)
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Crystal theca with relic of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fancy 18th century double-crystal reliquary theca housing Ex Velo (of the Veil) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is housed between two sheets of faceted rock crystal decorated with silver wire and identified on a paper cedula as Ex Velo / B. Marie V. It is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of Italian Bishop Colonna, Prince Assistant to the Papal Throne.

  • ID# 42-DDCR-55 *
  • Size 45 x 35 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Materials Rock crystal
  • Price Price upon request

Reliquary with relics from the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Precious Blood of Jesus

Opulent Baroque silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated by intricate flowers and an image of the Holy Spirit as a dove and containing an oval silver crystal fronted theca housing  precious relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. The relics affixed to the background of multicolored silk surrounded by paperole ornamentation and titled in 18th century ductus a Ex V[elo] DNJC (ofthe Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary) / Imbuto Sang[inis] D[omini] N[ostr]i J[esus] C[hristi] (From the Shed Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The reliquary is sealed on the back with a perfectly preserved seal of Fr. Francesco Saverio Passari, Bishop of Larissa (1786-1808).

  • ID# 117-LCR-17
  • Size 130 x 90 mm
  • Age ca. late 18th century, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Vatican reliquary with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 12 Apostles

Spectacular large silver glass-fronted oval reliquary theca decorated with chased floral ornamentation and housing rarely seen complete set of relics of all twelve Apostles centered around a precious relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relics are affixed to a decorated background of red silk and identified with paper cedulas inscribed in early 19th century dictus.  The reliquary is secured under a removable back lid by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Monsignor Giovanni Antonio Guadagni (+1759), cardinal vicar general of Rome (1732 - 1756) who was himself beatified as Servant of God under Pope Pius XII. The case is hallmarked with a silver mark of the Vatican seal, that serves as an additional authentic and clear indication of the Vatican Curia provenance.

The reliquary contains the following relics:

  1. Blessed Virgin Mary (B.V. Mariae)
  2. Saint Paul the Apostle (S. Pauli, Ap.) 
  3. Saint Peter the Apostle (S. Petri Ap)
  4. Saint Simon the Apostle (S. Simo. Ap.)
  5. Saint Matthew the Apostle (S. Mattei Ap.)
  6. Saint Thomas the Apostle (S. Thomae Ap.)
  7. Saint James the Greater the Apostle (S. Jac. Maj. Ap.)
  8. Saint Philip the Apostle (S. Philip. Ap.)
  9. Saint Jude Thaddeus the Apostle (S. Thaddei Ap.)
  10. Saint Andrew the Apostle (S. Andreae Ap.)
  11. Saint James the Less the Apostle (S. Jac. Min. Ap.)
  12. Saint Mark the Apostle and the Evangelist (S. Marci. E. A.)
  13. Saint Luke the Apostle and the Evangelist (S. Lucae E. A.)
  • ID# 03-DDCR-15 *
  • Size 62 x 74 mm (approx. 2 1/2 x 3 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials Vatican hallmarked silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary frame with relic of of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Helena, and other Saints

Rectangular glass-fronted wooden reliquary frame containing relics of Ex Velo (of the veil) of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 30 Saints.  The relics are housed in separate compartments and identified on paper cedula labelsOn the back, the reliquary is secured by seals of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Antonio Gabriele  Severoli (†Bishop of Fano (1787-1801) in Italy. The reliquary is accompanied by the matching authentics document personally signed by Cardinal Severoli and dated 1800.

  • ID# 114-RCABR
  • Size 23 cm x 29.5 cm (9 in x 11 1/2 in)
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Fano, Italy
  • Price $5,500

Documented reliquary theca with relics from the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval glass-fronted silvered brass reliquary theca housing significant ex velo  (from the veil) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The relic is affixed to a silk background decorated by gilt paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula as Ex Velo B.M.V. (From the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Tiberio Borghese (†1792), Archbishop of Siena (1772-1792). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued and hand signed by Fr. Borghese in 1791.

  • ID# 170-RSCR-5
  • Size 26 x 23 mm
  • Age ca. 1791
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silvered brass
  • Price $5,500
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing scarce ex subucula  (from the chemise or tunic) relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relics are affixed to a gold silk background around gold and silver twisted wire ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula as B.V.M. (Beatae Mariae Virginis). On the back, under protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Felice Cantimorri O.F.M. Cap. (†), Bishop of Parma (1854 - 1870)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Cantimorri in 1869. 

  • ID# 16-RSMB-9
  • Size 29 x 25 mm
  • Age ca. 1869, Parma, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $4,950
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Anne & St. John the Baptist

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing precious relics from the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Coat of her husband, Saint Joseph, her mother, Saint Anne, and Saint John the Baptist. The relics are affixed to a red silk background separated by paperole and silver wire ornamentation and identified in manuscript cedula labelsOn the back the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with perfectly preserved coat of arms of coat of arms of Pope Pius VI (p. 1775-1799), indicating direct papal gift from the Vatican.

  • ID# 19-RSMR-25
  • Size 46 x 38 mm
  • Age ca. 1775-1799, Vatican, Direct Papal gift
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver
  • Price $2,500
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Coronation of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God

The icon is depicting the Virgin Mary in Heaven being crowned by Christ and God the Father with a dove above them comprisit the New Testament Trinity. 

  • ID# 262-105-108-SP6-28
  • Size 19 x 20 in (48 x 51 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $2,500
  • Orthodox Cross
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Russian Icon - Our Lady of Unexpected Joy in silver oklad

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Unexpected Joy in silver oklad

Our Lady of Unexpected Joy depicts the story about the sinful youth, who was praying to the icon of the Mother of God before going out to commit a sin. Suddenly, he saw that wounds appeared on the Christ's hands, feet, and side, and blood flowed from them. The Mother of God miraculously spoke to him, "You and other sinners because of your sins, crucify Christ anew." Shocked with the vision for a long time he prayed with tears to the All-Pure Mother of God and the Savior for mercy. Finally, he received the unexpected joy of the forgiveness of his sins. Thus he grew in his spirit and totally changed his life.

  • ID# 01-RSMI-22
  • Size 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in (22 x 27 cm)
  • Age ca. 1891
  • Origin Moscow
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood in silver cover
  • Price $1,250
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented theca with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her husband St Joseph

18th century oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing ex velo (of the veil) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary and ex pallio (of the coat) relic of her husband, Saint Joseph. The relics are affixed to a gold silk background and identified on a manuscript cedulae as Ex Velo B. Mariae V. / Ex Pallio S. Joseph. On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Prospero Scaccia († 1932), Archbishop of Siena (1909-1932). It is accompanied by the matching re-issue authentics document issued by Fr. Scaccia in 1920. 

  • ID# 155-RSCR-4
  • Size 40 xx 34 mm
  • Age teca - ca. 18th century, seal and document - ca. 1920
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price $3,600
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with relics of the Girdle of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Staff of Saint Joseph

Oval silver theca decorated on the outside by a twisted silver wire and housing rarely seen relics of the Girdle of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Staff of Her husband Saint Joseph. The relics are affixed to the background of multi-colored silk and identified on a paper cedula as ex Cingulo BVM / ex Baculo S. Jospeh Sp. (from the Girdle of the Blessed Virgin Mary / of the Staff of her husband Saint Joseph. On the back the theca is sealed by a partially preserved red wax seal with an imprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 48-RSCR-55
  • Size 33 x 30 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $2,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of the Veil of Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Coat of St. Joseph

Late 18th century oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing two precious relics of Ex Velo (of the Veil) of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Ex Pallio (of the Coat) of her husband, Saint JosephThe relics are affixed to a pale red silk background decorated with golden paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula labels as Vel. B.V.M. / Pall. S. Jos.  (Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Coat of Saint Joseph). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Pope Pius VI (p. 1775-1799), indicating direct Papal gift from the Vatican.

  • ID# 13-RSMR-2
  • Size 32 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. 1775-1799, Vatican, Direct Papal gift
  • Origin Vatican
  • Price $2,000
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Multireliquary centered around the Column of Flagellation and the Sepulcher of the Virgin Mary, with relics of Apostles and important Saints

Silver-washed brass reliquary theca, comprising first class, ex ossibus relics of Saints and Apostles Peter and Paul, Italian saint and mystic Saint Nicholas Tolentino known as the Patron of Holy Souls, Saint Philip Neri, known as the Apostle of Rome, Saint Lucy young Christian martyr, patron of the blind, Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, and Spanish Saint Paschal Baylon patron saint of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations, dispersed around relics of the Column of Flagellation of Jesus Christ, and the Sepulcher (Empty Tomb) of the Theotokos.

  • ID# 99-MR-175
  • Age ca. mid-18th Century
  • Price $1,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Feodorovskya Mother of God

The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, also known as Our Lady of Saint Theodore and the Black Virgin Mary of Russia is the patron icon of the Romanov Imperial family and one of the most venerated icons in the Upper Volga region. Her feast days are March 27 and August 29.

  • ID# 109-023-088-L60i4-250
  • Size 17 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in (45 cm x 37 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's, Central Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on parcel silvered and gessoed wood.
  • Price $1,80020% off$1,440

Reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, Apostles St. Thomas & St. Andrew

18th century silver oval double-glass reliquary theca housing relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her husband Saint Joseph, and two Apostles: Saint Thomas and Saint Andrew.The relics are affixed to a red silk background separated with golden paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula labels. On the back the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with a barely visible coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 11-RSMR-75
  • Size 49 x 44 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,275
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Vladimir

Our Lady of Vladimir is one of the most highly venerated Orthodox icons and a typical example of Byzantine iconography. The original 12th century icon survived and is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery museum in Moscow. Even more than most famous icons, the original has been copied repeatedly for centuries and many copies now have considerable artistic and religious significance of their own. The icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother's cheek. The venerated image was used in celebration of coronations of Tsars, elections of Patriarchs, and other important ceremonies of the Russian state. Her feast day is June 3.

  • ID# 84-43-48-SP6-135
  • Size 11 3/4 x 10 in (30 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1850's
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - The Most Holy Mother of God with Prophets & Monastic Saints

The icon is depicting the Most Holy Mother of God from the Deisis row surrounded on borders with twelve roundels depicting Prophets and Monastic Saints. 

  • ID# 199-076-103-SP6-135
  • Size 16 x 13 in (41 x 33 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of the Sign

Our Lady of the Sign is one of the most beloved Russian miracleworking icons of Theotokos. The icon depicts the her during the Annunciation at the moment of saying, "May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38). The Virgin Mary is depicted frontally  half-length, with her hands raised in praying position and the Child Jesus within a round aureole upon her breast representing him at the moment of his conception.  The term Virgin of the Sign is a reference to the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

  • ID# 198-076-102-SP6-11
  • Size 18 1/2 x 15 1/2 in (47 x 39 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Surety of Sinners Mother of God

The Icon of the Surety of Sinners Mother of God is known by this name because of the inscription on the icon: “I am the Surety of sinners for My Son Who has entrusted Me to hear them, and those who bring Me the joy of hearing them will receive eternal joy through Me.” The Mother of God is depicted embracing Her Child, Who holds Her right hand with both His hands so that Her thumb is in His right hand, and Her small finger in His left hand. This is the gesture of one who gives surety for another. Although we do not know when or by whom the icon was originally painted, it is believed that the basis of the icon is to be found in the Akathist to the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Rejoice, You Who offer Your hands in surety for us to God.”

  • ID# 108-042-078-SP6-11
  • Size 12 1/2 x 10 1/4 in (32 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Southern Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan

Our Lady of Kazan, is a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church and considered a palladium of Russia for centuries, until its theft and likely destruction in 1904. The icon represents the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. It is a close-up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress) style, it is noted mainly for the Child standing, with the Virgin chest-length. The Kazan icons are traditionally small, following the original. The Kazan icon was very popular in Russia, especially as a wedding gift, and many copies were made in the design of the original. Two major Kazan Cathedrals, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4.

  • ID# 183-028-132-SP6-11
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880's
  • Origin Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Seeker of the Lost Mother of God

The miraculous icon of the Seeker of the Lost Mother of God (sometimes known as the Seeker of the Perishing) became known in Russia in the 18th century and is attributed to its rescue from damnation of a monk in Asia Minor. The name of the icon refers not only to those who are dying, but to those whose souls are in danger of spiritual death. The Queen of Heaven sends down help and support for all: “Seek us who are perishing, O Most Holy Virgin, chasten us not according to our sins, but as you are merciful in your love for mankind, have pity, deliver us from hell, sickness and necessity, and save us” (Troparion, Tone 4).

  • ID# 159-048-085-SP6-1
  • Size 11 x 8 3/4 in (28 x 22)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - The Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Protection (Pokrov) of the Most Holy Mother of God is one of the most beloved Feast days on the Orthodox calendar commemorated on October 1 celebrating the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Constantinople in the 10th century at the time when the people in the city were threatened by the Barbarian invasion. Saint Andrew, the Holy Fool with his disciple Saint Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, Saint John the Baptist, and several other Saints and Angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates. The Mother of God approached the center of the church, knelt down and remained in prayer for a long time with her face drowned in tears. Then she took her veil off and spread it over the people as a sign of protection. After the appearance of the Mother of God, the danger was averted and the city was spared from bloodshed and suffering.  On the icon, the Theotokos is depicted standing on a cloud in aureola of green light holding her veil .

  • ID# 200-077-056-SP6-1
  • Size 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in (35 x 31 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of Vladimir

Our Lady of Vladimir is one of the most highly venerated Orthodox icons and a typical example of Byzantine iconography. The original 12th century icon survived and is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery museum in Moscow. Even more than most famous icons, the original has been copied repeatedly for centuries and many copies now have considerable artistic and religious significance of their own. The icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother's cheek. The venerated image was used in celebration of coronations of Tsars, elections of Patriarchs, and other important ceremonies of the Russian state. Her feast day is June 3.

  • ID# 87-43-81-SP6-9
  • Size 13 1/2 x 11 in (34 x 28 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph & 7 Saints: St Aloysius Gonzaga, St Anthony of Padua, St Clement, St Francis of Assisi, St Charles Borromeo, St Lucia of Syracuse & St Constantine

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing precious relics of Ex Sepulchre  (of the Empty Tomb) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of her husband, Saint Joseph and 7 saints: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Clement of Rome, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Lucia of Syracuse, and Saint Constantine, Martyr of Ephesus.  The relics are affixed to a dark-red silk background and identified on typographic cedula labels. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Cardinal.

  • ID# 14-RSMR-5
  • Size 38 x 35 mm
  • Age ca. late 19t century
  • Origin Italy
  • Price $695

Reliquary theca with Sepulchre relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca, containing Ex Sepulchre relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relic is surrounded by twisted wire ornamentation and affixed to a red silk background. It is titled on a paper cedula as Ex Sepulcro BVM (from the empty tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Back of the theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of Italian Archbishop. 

  • ID# 104-DDCR125-1
  • Size 27 mm x 24 mm
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Price $650
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Our Lady of the Kiev-Caves Monastery with Sts. Anonisius and Feodosius of Pechora

Icon is depicting Our Lady of the Kiev-Caves Monastery with Saints Anonisius and Feodosius of Pechora, founders of the Monastery. It is, most likely, was originally purchased at the monastery of Kiev-Pechora (Kiev-Caves) by a pilgrim. 

  • ID# 36-42-72-SP6-7
  • Size 9 1/2 x 7 in (24 x 18 in)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Kiev
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $600
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Orthodox 3-panel folding travel skladen icon depicting Our Lady of the Sign with Archangels, Apostles, and selected Saints

Our Lady of the Sign under Not-Made-By-Hands image of Christ on the central panel, with Archangels, Apostles Peter and Paul, and selected saints on side panels.

 

  • ID# 126-DDMA-8
  • Size 6.5 cm x 10 cm (2 1/2 in x 4 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century, Old Believer's workshop Moscow Region
  • Materials brass
  • Price $500

Russian Orthodox 3-panel folding travel skladen Icon depicting Our Lady of Kazan

Depicting Our Lady of Kazan under an image of God the Father in Heavens shown in the central panel, with four Orthodox Feasts on side panels: Entry into Jerusalem, Presentation at the Temple, Descent into the Hades, and the Ascension.

  • ID# 09373-L60i2-25
  • Size 10 cm x 14 cm (4 in x 5 1/2 in)
  • Age 19th century, Moscow Region
  • Materials ca. brass and blue enamel
  • Price $500

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