art collection

Crucifixen & Corpus


Kollisch collection; Handcross; gilt; wood carvings both sided; 19th cent.??sale Amsterdam Christies 1999.

In Europe, one of the most noteworthy collectors in the 20th century is Leopold Leo Kollisch (1910-1997), a Hungarian who owned a shipping firm in Rotterdam. From 1950 to 1970, he obtained many unique crosses and crucifixes from flea markets in Italy, France, and Spain . Sothebys auctioned The Kolisch Collection of Crosses and Crucifixes in 1999 and 2000. The two auction catalogs provide a fascinating tour of folk and liturgical pieces from the 16th through the 19th century.

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An exceptionally well-fashioned benediction cross “BY THE HAND OF NIKOLAOS KERTZOS OF KALARYTES IN THE YEAR 1789” may be added to the series of known works produced by renowned Epirot goldsmiths from Kalarrytes.





Corpus, polychrome; H 55cm; 18th cent. 9408; in research


Corpus, wood polychrome; H48 cm 19316 in research

Cold painted German metal crusification group; The cross with bun finials on a foliate and scroll base, Christ moulded in high relief, flanked by the virgin and saint John the baptist; damages; height 59 cm.

Kolisch collection sale december 20, 2000; # 119; ill.

PROCESSION Cross French metal/bronze; H. approx 75 cm; bronze-gilt corpus; 17th cent

Verre églomisé ; polychromed ebony and ebonised wood cross; 19th cent. Moulded ebonised wood cross set with geometrical decorated verre eglomise, further with metal sunburst, cartouche titulus and skull, stepped rectangular moulded base with 'verre églomisé ' panels and pierced gilt metal mounts. Corpus missing; H. 78 cm; Kolisch collection Sothebys October 1999, lot # 163.

Crucifix; Sienna faience; 18th cent. H 70 cm x socle 25 cm

crusifix, wood corpus; tortoise(?) inlay; 52x15 cm; 18th cent.;

Bone (?) corpus; wrought bronze cross; H. 20 cm

Crusifixation Corpus:38x31 cm

Faicienne; ca 18/19 cent. Nevers;

 Sothebys amsterdam

Corpus christ; 40x27 cm; gilded wood; 16th cent.?20112009

Crucifix; wood; H.39 cm; W. 28 cm, traces of polychrome Corpus in research

wood  polychroom/gilded Christ corpus nails through head;  H27,5xW14cm 16th cent?? 2011091100/

 Seraph. Spanish baroque polychromes and gilt wood seraph corpus Christi H 28 cm; 17th cent.  Carved in almost full round. Christ of good anatomy, with lowered head, long hair, beard  and side wound. His arms and legs set with wings. Damages, several point layers. A Seraph corpus like this relates to the vision of St. Francis which was  of a man like seraph with six wings. His arms  outstretched and feet together in the shape of a cross. While contemplating it the marks of Christ wounds appeared on the saint's body, where they remained until His death two years later. Kolisch collection, October 1999 lot 52 Sothebys Amsterdam.

wood cross ivory  corpus


Bronze crucifix; 18th cent.?; H. 40 cm; enamel painted

Wood cross; bone corpus; 56x29 cm


Crucifix; cross H. 32 cm; bone corpus H. 17 cm

Crucifix; wood; bone corpus; H.cross 45 cm; corpus H. 22 cm

Cucifix and corpus; bone H. 25 cm; W. 13 cm

Wood; 23x 21 cm

Crucifix, cloissone email, 45x 20 cm, gilded bronze; holy water stoop on onix, mounted on brass plate; Christ carved of ivory(?);+/- 1930??

Ref.:Description: BENDITERA S.XIX cruz en esmalte con filigrana de flores. Base en ónix negro.

 Arce Subastas

March 13, 2018, 4:30 PM CET

Barcelona, Spain

12th cent(???)Rhine=maasland? bronze crucifix H26x29 cm or bronze Christ. Meuse Valley. Romanesque. 13th century.?

Mosan art was based in the Meuse Valley, has Carolingian and Ottoman influences, and was active in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Mosan region is in the area of the former diocese of Liège, which was principally in territory which is now in Belgium but also extended into zones which are now in France, the Netherlands and Germany.
  reference crusifix: lit.: crucifix: Aachener kunstblätter des Museumsverein, Europäische Bildwerke vom Mittelalter zum Barock; Surmondt Ludwig-Museum Aachen, Ernst Grimme; Köln 1977, p. 12 # 2, ill.