Rare Model of Holy Sepulchre Captivates Bidders

On 19 July 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

This model of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in walnut, mother-of-pearl, ebony and darkened wood (27 x 50 x 45 cm/10.6 x 19.7 x 17.7 in.) is a rare Syrian-Lebanese work from the 17th-18th century. Over the centuries, the church founded on Mount Golgotha in 325 by Emperor Constantine has become one of Christendom's most visited pilgrimage sites. Only around thirty other models of this type have been listed to date, hence the interest resulting in €54,600 aroused by this one—made up of finely inlaid mobile components—on Tuesday, July 6, in Millon's VV room in Paris.

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