RARE ROSARY OF GOLD, SILVER, PEARLS AND AMETHYST
remarkable rosary from the 1700s is a perfect example of those seen in
paintings of that period. According to Joe Perez of Church Woman Antiques
(Ebay), 'Baroque Rosaries were made to be worn on special occasions and
denoted the wealth and social class of the person wearing it. They were
rarely used for prayer.'
- BEADS - MEDALLION
OF THE ROSARY
Mariana Belsunse y Salazar
incredible piece has come to us on consignment for auction from a family
in Peru who has had it in their collection in Palm Beach, Florida since
1980. I mention this because it is no longer possible for these treasures
to leave Peru, after the 1993 law forbidding their exportation.
current owner’s great-aunt, several generations back, was Doña Mariana
Belsunse y Salazar, one of the wealthiest women in Lima, Peru in the 18th
century. This is the last piece from the great-aunt’s estate that is not
already in a private collection or museum. They have asked us to auction
it in or to help the earthquake victims of Ica, Peru. The winning bidder
will get our guarantee, this description, a picture of a painting of Doña
Mariana, and the rosary. (for current information on availability, please
visit CHURCH WOMAN ANTIQUES (EBAY).
exquisite rosary has 7 decades (7 sets of 10 natural pearl Ave beads)
instead of the 5 we usually see. The rosary has a hanging length of 18.5
inches and the cross is 2.75 inches long. The necklace length is 24 inches
and weighs 57.7 grams.
beads are real pearls, and there are a total of 108 of them. We are told
that the loop at the bottom of the crucifix was used as a fastener to keep
the cross in place with a pin, and never had a pearl. There are 26 diamonds
on the Crucifix and 54 around the hand cut Amethyst (.75 in x .25
in wide), for a total of 80 diamonds of various sizes. Gold – All the metal
parts are gold; white, yellow and rose color for the crucifix. The entire
weight is 57.7 grams.
– The rosary has a hanging length of 18.5 inches and the cross is 2.75
inches long. The necklace length is 24 inches.
Value – We have taken the rosary to several knowledgeable collectors, and
prestigious jewelry stores for a “professional-courtesy” appraisal. The
appraisals have all been between, $10,000-$15,000.
Medallion, which acts as the 'rosary center' where the loop and pendant
converge, is a starburst of gold set with 54 diamonds that frame
a large, faceted, hand cut amethyst stone. Joe Perez tells us the stone
measures .75 inches lng and over .25 inches across. There are a total
of 12 natural pearls at the tips of the starburst frame.
AVE / PATER BEADS
UP / AMETHYST STONE
Perez of Church Woman Antiques shares that the crucifix is 2.75 in long
from tip to tip. Crucifix is made of white, yellow and rose coloredgold,
Note clip on the reverse side so the crucifix may be removed. He explained
that the ring at the bottom was for holding the cross in place.
SHOWING CRUCIFIX CLIP
OF THE ROSARY
excellent portraits showing the wearing of rosaries as an ornamental. As
Joe Pereze points out, 'Baroque Rosaries were made to be worn on special
occasions and denoted the wealth and social class of the person wearing
it. They were rarely used for prayer.'
an overview of this period, (17-19c) it was very popular for women of wealth
to wear elegant rosaries to not only show off their place in society but
as a fashion statement. To have one's portrait painted wearing a rosary
was quite common amongst royalty and the wealthy. In some social circles
it was very important to do this to point out ones personal or family religious
affiliations. If you didn't, you were considered a pagan or a non believer.
Mariana Belsunse y Salazar
given to the Brooklyn Museum of Art
New York. by the family)
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art forms for personal worship we can make using the finest supplies available.
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