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

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Spanish Colonial Silver Processional Finial
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Spanish Colonial Silver Processional Finial
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$753 Bids
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SET OF 6 NATIVITY XMAS DECORATIONS
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
SET OF 6 NATIVITY XMAS DECORATIONS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
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LOTTO DI 5 STAMPE
Oct 22, 9:00 PM CEST
LOTTO DI 5 STAMPE
by Trionfante Antiques s.r.l
Est: €20- €50
€51 Bid
RELIQUIARIO DI SANTA LUCIA - RELIQUARY OF SANTA LUCIA
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
RELIQUIARIO DI SANTA LUCIA - RELIQUARY OF SANTA LUCIA
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €400- €500
€2401 Bid
RELIGIOUS CROSS & ANGEL LOT
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
RELIGIOUS CROSS & ANGEL LOT
by Premier Auctions Live
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid
19th C Pelican Sacred Hearts Ecclesiastical Cape
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
19th C Pelican Sacred Hearts Ecclesiastical Cape
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
Church altar stone with saint relic
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Church altar stone with saint relic
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$1201 Bid
Relics of saint Isidore and saint Victor - 570-636 et IIIe siècle
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Relics of saint Isidore and saint Victor - 570-636 et IIIe siècle
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $125- $250
$1001 Bid
A 16th-century Tuscan gilded copper chalice (h. cm 22) (defects)...
Oct 19, 3:30 PM CEST
A 16th-century Tuscan gilded copper chalice (h. cm 22) (defects)...
by Il Ponte Auction House
Est: €1,100- €1,200
€1,0001 Bid
Relic of saint Jean-Marie Vianney, parish priest of Ars - 1786-1889
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Relic of saint Jean-Marie Vianney, parish priest of Ars - 1786-1889
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $125- $250
$1001 Bid
Relic of saint Benoît-Joseph Labre - 1748-1783
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Relic of saint Benoît-Joseph Labre - 1748-1783
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $125- $250
$1001 Bid
A RARE 17TH / 18TH CENTURY SPANISH COLONIAL (PHILIPPINES) ENGRAVED BAPTISMAL SHELL
Oct 26, 11:00 AM BST
A RARE 17TH / 18TH CENTURY SPANISH COLONIAL (PHILIPPINES) ENGRAVED BAPTISMAL SHELL
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£301 Bid
Assortment of jewellery to include costume, rosary beads, cloisonne etc
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Assortment of jewellery to include costume, rosary beads, cloisonne etc
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD10- AUD20
AUD101 Bid
RELIQUIARIO - RELIQUARY
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
RELIQUIARIO - RELIQUARY
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €400- €500
€1500 Bids
RELIQUIARIO - RELIQUARY
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
RELIQUIARIO - RELIQUARY
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €800- €1,000
€4000 Bids
LOTTO DI UN RELIQUIARIO ED UNA CROCE - LOT OF A RELIQUARY AND A CROSS
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
LOTTO DI UN RELIQUIARIO ED UNA CROCE - LOT OF A RELIQUARY AND A CROSS
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €300- €400
€2000 Bids
EUROPEAN ECCLESIASTICAL COPE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
EUROPEAN ECCLESIASTICAL COPE
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2000 Bids
LOTTO DI PICCOLI OGGETTI SACRI - LOT OF SMALL SACRED OBJECTS
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
LOTTO DI PICCOLI OGGETTI SACRI - LOT OF SMALL SACRED OBJECTS
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €300- €400
€1000 Bids
PARAMENTO SACRO - SACRED VESTMENT
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
PARAMENTO SACRO - SACRED VESTMENT
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
Five Continental Brass Liturgical Objects
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Five Continental Brass Liturgical Objects
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
4 Religious Items, incl. Textiles
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
4 Religious Items, incl. Textiles
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $200- $250
$1000 Bids
RELIQUIARIO - RELIQUARY
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
RELIQUIARIO - RELIQUARY
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
CARTAGLORIA
Oct 23, 6:30 PM CEST
CARTAGLORIA
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €800- €1,000
€4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Religious Objects - Christian


Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Duran Arte Y Subastas

Duran Arte Y Subastas

Galerie Moenius

Galerie Moenius

Galleria Sarno

Galleria Sarno