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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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A collection of seven holy water fonts, H 12 - 26 cm, total weight: ca 780 g
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A collection of seven holy water fonts, H 12 - 26 cm, total weight: ca 780 g
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€6506 Bids
Italian Gilt Bronze Coral Inlaid Chalice or Ciborium
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Italian Gilt Bronze Coral Inlaid Chalice or Ciborium
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $600- $800
$1,6004 Bids
A collection of devotional pieces, 18th- 19thC
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A collection of devotional pieces, 18th- 19thC
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€2803 Bids
Two silver holy water fonts and a silver plaque, H 13 - 26,5 cm, total weight: ca 490 g
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Two silver holy water fonts and a silver plaque, H 13 - 26,5 cm, total weight: ca 490 g
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€3753 Bids
GOLD DEVOTIONAL MEDALLION
Oct 16, 9:30 AM CEST
GOLD DEVOTIONAL MEDALLION
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €500- €1,000
€202 Bids
2 crosses
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
2 crosses
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Relic cover Saint-Amandus of Maastricht silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Relic cover Saint-Amandus of Maastricht silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €100- €250
€1001 Bid
RELIGIOUS LOT LOT 1187
Oct 09, 5:00 PM EDT
RELIGIOUS LOT LOT 1187
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Liturgical Ciborium in Silver Vermeil of Law 925, marks of Córdoba, first half of the 20th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Liturgical Ciborium in Silver Vermeil of Law 925, marks of Córdoba, first half of the 20th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1,0001 Bid
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AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN SILVER HOLY WATER FONT 19th Century Approx. 12.0 troy oz.
Oct 20, 9:30 AM EDT
AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN SILVER HOLY WATER FONT 19th Century Approx. 12.0 troy oz.
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $400
$1251 Bid
3 Wise men
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Wise men
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Collection de 20 reliquaires paperolles
Oct 10, 3:00 PM CEST
Collection de 20 reliquaires paperolles
by Haynault
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
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Rhodes Studios Plate, Moses and the Ten Commandments
Oct 09, 9:00 AM EDT
Rhodes Studios Plate, Moses and the Ten Commandments
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Shot Glasses, Candle much more
Oct 03, 5:00 PM MST
Shot Glasses, Candle much more
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
ROSARY BEADS VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
ROSARY BEADS VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
English Sterling Chalice & 2 Silver-plated Communion Plates
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
English Sterling Chalice & 2 Silver-plated Communion Plates
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids
4 Religious Items, incl. Textiles
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
4 Religious Items, incl. Textiles
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Jugendstil Weihwasserbehälter / A Holy Water basin, um 1900
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Jugendstil Weihwasserbehälter / A Holy Water basin, um 1900
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
4 Altarglocken / 4 altar bells, 19. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
4 Altarglocken / 4 altar bells, 19. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €220- €440
€2200 Bids
Prayer kneeler
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Prayer kneeler
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
Rosenkränze Schwäbisch Gmünd
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Rosenkränze Schwäbisch Gmünd
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
Holy water stoup in silver, nineteenth century
Oct 08, 4:00 PM CEST
Holy water stoup in silver, nineteenth century
by ArtLaRosa
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Religious Objects - Christian


Templum Fine Art Auctions

Templum Fine Art Auctions

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Twents Veilinghuis

Twents Veilinghuis

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House