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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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2 nd Class Relic Of Saint Vincent De Paul
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
2 nd Class Relic Of Saint Vincent De Paul
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $250- $450
$65013 Bids
A Spanish Colonial metalware ciborium and chalice, possibly 17th/18th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A Spanish Colonial metalware ciborium and chalice, possibly 17th/18th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2,60011 Bids
Silver-Gilt Pineapple Chalice with Saint George
Mar 08, 12:00 PM GMT
Silver-Gilt Pineapple Chalice with Saint George
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£558 Bids
1st Class Relic Of Saint Anthony Of Padua
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
1st Class Relic Of Saint Anthony Of Padua
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $450- $850
$5507 Bids
Italian 19C Antique Wood Niche Travel Altar Casket
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Italian 19C Antique Wood Niche Travel Altar Casket
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1254 Bids
Holy water stoups
Feb 28, 6:00 PM CET
Holy water stoups
by Unicart Auctions
Est: €1,800- €3,500
€1,0503 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 05, 3:00 PM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €500- €550
€5003 Bids
An Assortment of Devotional Items.
Feb 24, 10:30 AM PST
An Assortment of Devotional Items.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $80- $120
$1753 Bids
Two Miniature Monstrances, with Devotional Items.
Feb 24, 10:30 AM PST
Two Miniature Monstrances, with Devotional Items.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$1002 Bids
1st Class Relic Of Saint Patrick, E.C., Known An The Apostle Of Ireland
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
1st Class Relic Of Saint Patrick, E.C., Known An The Apostle Of Ireland
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $650- $850
$702 Bids
Rare Three Relics Encased In One Ornate Theca
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
Rare Three Relics Encased In One Ornate Theca
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $450- $550
$502 Bids
1 St Class Relic Of Saint Clavitis, Martyr, With Authentication Document Dated 1965
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
1 St Class Relic Of Saint Clavitis, Martyr, With Authentication Document Dated 1965
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $450- $850
$502 Bids
Brass and Mixed Metal Prayer Kneeler
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Brass and Mixed Metal Prayer Kneeler
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Brass and Mixed Metal Prayer Kneeler
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Brass and Mixed Metal Prayer Kneeler
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Painted Miniature Medals of Saints.
Feb 24, 10:30 AM PST
Painted Miniature Medals of Saints.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A lot of two sealed theca relics from Modesti Mart
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A lot of two sealed theca relics from Modesti Mart
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €150- €200
€1201 Bid
A sealed theca relic in metal protecting box
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A sealed theca relic in metal protecting box
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €100- €150
€501 Bid
A lot of four sealed theca relics in wood protecting box
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A lot of four sealed theca relics in wood protecting box
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €120- €150
€1001 Bid
A lot of three silver and sealed theca relics with one silver chain
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A lot of three silver and sealed theca relics with one silver chain
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€2401 Bid
A sealed silver theca relic, added a patinated wood sealed multi theca relic
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A sealed silver theca relic, added a patinated wood sealed multi theca relic
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1601 Bid
A lot of four late 19th Century sealed theca relic
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A lot of four late 19th Century sealed theca relic
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €150- €200
€1201 Bid
A lot of four silver and brass sealed theca and multi-theca relics
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A lot of four silver and brass sealed theca and multi-theca relics
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€2401 Bid
A collection of seven sealed theca in a gilded wooden frame
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A collection of seven sealed theca in a gilded wooden frame
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €500- €700
€4201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Religious Objects - Christian


Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Ostantix Auctions

Ostantix Auctions

La Galerie Numismatique

La Galerie Numismatique