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Fancy theca with relics of St Anthony of Padua and St Jane Frances de Chantal (Visitandines)

18th-century oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated on the outside by intricate filigree ornamentation and housing relics of Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Jane Frances de Chantal. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as S. Antony Abb.. / S. Gio.Chan. ( Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Jane Frances de Chantal.). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Gherardo Antonio Volpi, Bishop of Nocera de’ Pagani (1744-1768). 

Saint Anthony of Padua († 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Noted by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most quickly canonized saints in church history. He was canonized in 1232 by Pope Gregory IX and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946. He is the patron saint of Lisbon, lost items, lost people, lost souls, American Indians; amputees; animals; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; harvests; horses; lower animals; mail; mariners; oppressed people; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; shipwrecks; starvation; sterility; swineherds; travel hostesses; and travelers. His feast day is celebrated on June 13.

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal († 1641) was a French Roman Catholic Saint, who founded a religious order Congregation of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines). She was beatified on 21 November 1751 by Pope Benedict XIV and canonized on 16 July 1767 by Pope Clement XIII. She is a patron of forgotten people; in-law problems; loss of parents; parents separated from children; and widows.



Additional Info

  • ID#: 31-RSCRM-5
  • Size: 110 x 75 mm
  • Age: ca. Mid-18th century
  • Origin: Salerno, Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $6,000
  • Silver

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