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Religious Objects - Christian

Religious objects have always been central to Christian worship. Today, the variety of Christian objects available for purchase reflects the diversity of the religion’s numerous denominations and traditions.

Prior to the schism between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches during the 11th century, religious services and rituals were complicated affairs requiring expertly crafted vestments, crosses, vessels, and images. Most objects were made of gold or silver or a combination of precious metals, ivory, and gems. However, in 16th-century England, the Reformation marked an important shift in the appearance and use of religious objects. Expensive items made of valuable materials were confiscated, and liturgical objects, notably chalices and clerical attire, assumed a more modest and plain appearance.

Following the Reformation, additional movements occurred that further increased the production of Christian religious objects. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Gothic Revival resulted in dramatic, Medieval-inspired textiles, icons, and vestments, which combined the style of early Christian art with innovative designs and industrialized art-making techniques. The Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century responded to these changes by hearkening back to the pre-industrial age and prizing handmade works of art. Today, a limitless range of icons, crosses, communion pieces, figurines, lamps, and other Christian items are available at auction.


Quick Facts

  • On May 11, 2015, Christie’s London sold a portable 16th-century Christian shrine commissioned by the Portuguese Jesuits for $595,597
  • On October 19, 2015, the Fauvre Paris Auction House sold a Lalique silver rhinoceros beetles chalice for $235,000
  • Christian rosaries are often worn as necklaces and displayed in homes or as part of a personal altar or shrine

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COLLECTION OF SAINTS' RELICS
Jun 26, 10:00 AM EDT
COLLECTION OF SAINTS' RELICS
by Potomack Company
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2,00014 Bids
Religious Reliquary
Jul 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Religious Reliquary
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $150- $200
$2506 Bids
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Misc. Rosary Beads & Religious Items
Jun 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Misc. Rosary Beads & Religious Items
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$55 Bids
Christian Gilt Altar Ceremonial Communion Chalice
Jun 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Christian Gilt Altar Ceremonial Communion Chalice
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2254 Bids
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Intricate Religious Art Collection: The Last Supper Frame, Jesus Portraits & More
Jun 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Intricate Religious Art Collection: The Last Supper Frame, Jesus Portraits & More
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$64 Bids
ANTIQUE SPANISH CATHOLIC SILVER PEARL ROSARY W CRUCIFIX
Jun 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE SPANISH CATHOLIC SILVER PEARL ROSARY W CRUCIFIX
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$702 Bids
Sterling Necklace W Sterling Religious Pendant
Jun 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Necklace W Sterling Religious Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$12 Bids
Mario Buccellati - Altarolo devozionale in argento 800
Jun 28, 3:00 PM CEST
Mario Buccellati - Altarolo devozionale in argento 800
by DAMS Casa d'Aste
Est: €300- €600
€3002 Bids
Ivan Meštrović, Vrpolje 1883 - 1962 South Bend, The Apparition
Jul 02, 5:00 PM CEST
Ivan Meštrović, Vrpolje 1883 - 1962 South Bend, The Apparition
by Tiberius Auctions
Est: €400- €800
€2202 Bids
Vintage Sterling Religious Lot
Jun 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Sterling Religious Lot
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $80- $160
$101 Bid
Votive Offering Smapler Sterling Young Girl Wall Hanging Religious Prayer Idol
Jul 08, 9:30 AM EDT
Votive Offering Smapler Sterling Young Girl Wall Hanging Religious Prayer Idol
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Fine Gothic Style German Gilt Silver Monstrance
Jun 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Fine Gothic Style German Gilt Silver Monstrance
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
(2 Pc) Vintage Italian Carved Wood Polychrome Putti Cherub Plaques
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Vintage Italian Carved Wood Polychrome Putti Cherub Plaques
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
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DOLCE & GABBANA ROSARY NECKLACE
Jun 26, 11:00 AM EDT
DOLCE & GABBANA ROSARY NECKLACE
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Venetian Carved Giltwood and Painted Reliquaries
Jun 28, 1:00 PM CDT
Venetian Carved Giltwood and Painted Reliquaries
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$5001 Bid
Sterling Silver Rosary Necklace
Jun 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Rosary Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Hostienbehälter / A silver holy bread holder, Paris, 1819-1839
Jul 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Hostienbehälter / A silver holy bread holder, Paris, 1819-1839
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
6 DEVOTIONAL PRINTS WITH METAL FOIL.
Jun 27, 1:00 PM CEST
6 DEVOTIONAL PRINTS WITH METAL FOIL.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €100- €150
€500 Bids
CATHOLIC MASS PLAYSET WITH TABERNACLE AND ± 15 CAST STAIN AND GILT METAL ACCESSORIES.
Jun 27, 1:00 PM CEST
CATHOLIC MASS PLAYSET WITH TABERNACLE AND ± 15 CAST STAIN AND GILT METAL ACCESSORIES.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €80- €100
€400 Bids
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Manifattura di Ariano Irpino degl inizi del XIX secolo Acquasantiera cm 33x21
Jun 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Manifattura di Ariano Irpino degl inizi del XIX secolo Acquasantiera cm 33x21
by Gliubich Casa d'Aste
Est: €250- €350
€1700 Bids
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Manifattura di Castelli degli inizi del XX secolo Tondo con madonna di Loreto e Santa Casa Ø cm 24
Jun 27, 3:00 PM CEST
Manifattura di Castelli degli inizi del XX secolo Tondo con madonna di Loreto e Santa Casa Ø cm 24
by Gliubich Casa d'Aste
Est: €200- €250
€1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Religious Objects - Christian


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Twents Veilinghuis

Twents Veilinghuis

Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction

Ansorena

Ansorena