Rare Miniature Replica Shrine, Mid-20th Century For Sale
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Rare Miniature Replica Shrine, Mid-20th Century


A rare, neo-gothic miniature replica of the Sint Ursula shrine by Hans Memling, made by an unknown craftsman in the middle of the 20th century. The main body is constructed from solid wood and ornately decorated with pillars, rosettes and other mouldings, all with patinated gold finish. For the Hans Memling panels, the maker used colored prints of good quality which are still very crisp in color and show a lot of detail. The lid comes off, revealing a small compartment which was most likely used for storing a bible or other precious possessions. The style is more naive than the very ornate original which dates to 1489. It was created specifically for the Sint-Jans hospital by Hans Memling, the most famous artist of the Flemish Primitives. He lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces here, including the famous Shrine of St Ursula. The reliquary shows Saint Ursula's mythical pilgrimage to Rome with 11000 virgins. Her journey took her to Cologne, Basel and finally Rome, all beautifully depicted in the various panels. The last two panels show the tragic end of Ursula and her companions when they were massacred by the Huns on their return journey. On the side panels we see respectively the Madonna with child and Ursula with two of the Virgins. The original can still be admired at the Sint Jans hospitaal in Brughes.


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    H 11.42 in. x W 13.78 in. x D 5.12 in.H 29 cm x W 35 cm x D 13 cm
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    Noorderwijk, BE
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