Vintage Carved Mother Of Pearl The Last Supper Shadow Box Religious Icon/diorama For Sale
Jerusalem School Mother-of Pearl Orthodox Christian Last Supper IconUp for sale is a vintage, antique carved mother of pearl religious icon depicting 'The Last Supper' set in a shadowbox form. From what I can find, I believe this very detailed and beautiful piece might be from the 1940's. The only marks I can find on the piece are both inscribed handwritten words that say "Bethlehem" (at the top) and "Jerusalem" (on the bottom) (see detailed photos). From the information I've found, these were handmade for Christian tourists to being back from their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the mid 1900's. The colors are amazing, especially when shining in sunlight and the piece really must be seen in person to truly appreciate it and overall it's in really good condition for its age! There are some chips at the edges in some of the mother a pearl pieces but they also seem characteristic of it being a handmade item (see detail pics to see all of the chips). Please see all photos and feel free to ask questions. I've also read that the back may be made of olive wood and there are some chips in the top edge (see pics). There is a hook attached as this was originally hanging up on a wall. There is no easel back on the piece.Measurements to the outside edges are approx 9" wide by 10" tall (to the topmost point in the middle) and 2" (thick). The inset frame (around the last supper) is approx 5-1/2" by 4-1/2" tall. Below is a piece of information that I found on the antique trader website that places the estimate at potentially up to $2,000.- See more at:
Q: Is anything made of mother of pearl of any value? My late father did some coin business with a gentleman from India. He gave dad a 3-dimensional picture in 1953 of the Lords Prayer. Now it is mine. It has what appears to be “Jerusalem” carved on the outside framework, below the picture. It is approximately 7 1/2 inches high by 7 1/8 inches wide. Any information appreciated. — B.C., via e-mail
AIt took a bit of Internet hopping to determine what your mother-of-pearl art object is and the history. Using my magnifyingglasson your photo showed a shallow carving of “The Last Supper” with Jesus and the Disciples. Not the “Lord’s Prayer.” What you have is a Jerusalem School mother-of pearl Orthodox Christian icon. It was a specialized art done by Eastern Christians called Melchites in the Holy Land It was made beginning in the 1830s and into the 20th century. Yours could have been made in the early 20th century. Similar pieces of lesser quality are sold by dealers in Middle Eastern art for $1,800. Yours, with the elaborate frame, could sell for $2,000 or more by a specialty dealer.
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Vintage Carved Mother Of Pearl The Last Supper Shadow Box Religious Icon/diorama: $350