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Sleeping Vatican Lion - 19th Century : The originals of these magnificent lions are from a pair sculpted by Antonio Canova (1757 1822) for the tomb of Pope Clement XIM m St Peters Basilica, Vatican City, Rome.
LOT 559 : 12.25 x 5.5 x4.5"
Muiredach Cross Cats - Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, Mid 9th Century AD : The design for this relief was adapted from a detail on the west face of Muiredach's Cross at Momsterboice, County Louth, one of the largest and finest of the surviving Irish high crosses. The cats' unusually benevolent relationship to the dove and mouse recall the Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah (Chapter 11, Verse 6) in which the coming of the Messiah ("The Branch of Jesse") will usher in a new era of tolerance and love.
LOT 785 : 14.75"W, Stone
Archangel Gabriel Sounding The Trumpet - Ghat Cathedral, Belgium, 1475AD : Gabriel means “God is my strength”. Gabriel is the Angel of annunciation, resurrection, mercy, vengeance, death and revelation. Gabriel is the ruler of heaven and ruler of the Cherubim. Gabriel is said to sit on the left hand side of God. Mohammed claimed it was Gabriel who dictated to him the Koran. In Jewish legend it was Gabriel who dealt death and destruction to Sodom and Gommorah. Gabriel appeared to Daniel to tell him of the coming of a Messiah: a message which later he repeats to Mary in the annunciation. Earlier he had announced to Zacharias the coming of John the Baptist
LOT 769 : 11.5Wx7"H Wall Hanging
King David - 12th Century : The column figures from the Royal Portal of the west front of Notre Dame de Charles represent kings, queens, and patriarchs and are surmounted by histonated capitals forming a cycle devoted to the childhood and life of Christ.
LOT 545 : 2.75 x 16 x 1.5"
St. George's Gargoyle - 14th Century : The term gargoyle, which derives from the Old French word for windpipe, refers to a grotesquely carved roof gutter water spout used in Gothic architecture. This gargoyle is a copy of one on the exterior of St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
LOT 537 : 8 x 9.5 x 4"
Cathedral Cat - 12th Century : Repeated along a cornice in the Church of Vouvant, France, this fanciful cat grins with the dynamic quality of a contemporary cartoon character. The head is an amusing example of Roman esque sculpture, noted for freedom of imagination.
LOT 542 : 2.75 x4x 1.5"
Archangel Raphael - 1475AD : Raphael means “God has Healed”. Raphael is above all the Angel of Healing as his name denotes, but also is the chief ruling Prince of the 2nd Heaven, Chief of the Order of Virtues, Guardian of the Tree of Life in Eden and by his own admission “One of the 7 Holy Angels” that attend the throne of God. This he reveals to Tobias in the Book of Tobit. He is declared to be “One of the Four Presences set over all the diseases and wounds of the children of men” (Enoch 1), and in the Zohar is “Charged to heal the Earth”. Raphael is one of the six Angels of Repentance, Angel of Prayer, Love, Joy, and Light. He is said to have the six wings of a Seraphim but at the same time belongs to the Cherubim, the Dominions and the Powers.
LOT 771 : 12.75"Hx8.5"W
Box with da Vinci Cats - 15th Century : A parchment of cat studies in pen. ink and wash by Leonardo da Vinci inspired this box. Leonardo was well known among his contemporaries for his love of animals His minutely observed studies of cats are notable for their vigor and charm.
LOT 560 : 4 x 2.75 x 4"
Notre Dame Gargoyle - West façade bordering the Rue du Cloitre-Notre-Dame, Paris, 13th Century AD : One of the original 13th century gargoyles on the west facade bordering the Rue du Cloitre-Notre-Dame in Paris. Here the practical function of the gargoyle as a downspout carrying rain water from the roof (hence the derivation gargouiller, Old French, a gargling sound) is united with its spiritual purpose, that of frightening evil spirits away from the Cathedral. The better known 19th century fantasies by restorer Violet le Duc, though often copied, serve only the latter function.
LOT 780 : 8.5" Base to Tip, Cathedral Stone
Miserigeorge - 14th Century : Aptly named, this fanciful design is based on the sculpted undersides of early choir stalls known as misericords, from the Latin word miserere or pity. These hinged seats provided momentary comfort for aging monks during long services
LOT 540 : 3 x 3 x 2"
Apostles - 13th Century : Representing the human response to the divine, the twelve apostles of Christ have been the subject of countless works of art The original ivory from which this piece is reproduced is believed to be of French origin.
LOT 548 : 5 x 7.5 x .5"
Unicorn from Cluny Tapestry Sight - Tapestry at Cluny Museum, Paris, 15th Century AD : Unicorn from Cluny Tapestry Sight - This relief is based on the 15th century tapestry, Sight, one of a series of allegories of the senses depicting the Lady, the Unicorn and the Lion. The Unicorn, one of the most powerful and poignant of medieval symbols, represented both spiritual and courtly love. As Christ, he is betrayed, captured and put to death, but is ultimately immortal. In the Cluny Tapestries, he is the tender and trusting lover.
LOT 783 : 8.5"H, Ivory
Sleeping Monk - 12th Century : Based on an original sculpture from a medieval church, this monk's pages read Vis a tergo, Latin for "a force from behind." Does this slumbering monk need a swift kick to awaken him to the social problems he escapes?
LOT 543 : 4.25 x 5.75 x 3"
Angel with Cross Shield -20th Century : Found in the Credence Niche in the Chapel of Saint James, this angel is located in the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine The letters IHC are the first three letters of Jesus in Greek The Chapel was designed by architect Henry Vaughn.
LOT 561 : 7 x 11 x 4.25"
Baby Imp - 19th Century : From a relief located at 81 Irving Place in New York City, this sculpture combines the physical characteristics of both humans and animals-a trait common in gargoyles and grotesgues.
LOT 563 : 1.5 x 2.5 x 2:
Poitiers Cat - 12th Century : "Parables in stone" were often used in medieval churches to pro vide moral guidance to illiterate parishoners This comical, greedy cat, found in the Church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande in Poitiers, has literally bitten off more than he can chew!
LOT 546 : 4.25x5x3.5"
Cherub - 17th Century : This cherub is reproduced from a baroque Italian marble architectural fragment.
LOT 539 : 4.75 x 3.5 x 1.25 "
Magdalen College Gargoyle - 15th Century : Whether screaming, yawning, or even singing, this gargoyle is a delight and comes from the Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford University. The chapel dates from the founding of the College in 1458
LOT 544 : 6.25 x 5.25 x 3.5"
Angel From the Annunciation - 15th Century : Here the Archangel Gabriel carries the lily, emblem of the Virgin Mary and symbolic of the Annunciation, itself. Gabriel is adapted from da Vinci's The Annunciation, painted for the church of the monastery of San Bartolomeo di Monte Oliveto, isth century
LOT 549 : 7.5x 8.25 x 7.5"
Temperantia - 19th Century : Based on a watercolor by Pre Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne Jones, a stately woman pours water on the flames of excess This is significantly one of the artist's last images of his model and mistress, Maria Zambaco,
LOT 554 : 6x 16 x .75"
Madonna and Child - Antonio Rossellino - 15th Century : During the Renaissance in Italy, devotional figures of the Madonna and Child were common subjects for sculpture Faith fully reproducing the graceful shape and patina of centuries, this sculpture is based on Antonio Rossellino's terra cotta.
LOT 562 : 4 x 14.25 x 3.25"
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