A fine painted reliquary of Saint Francis with doves by New Mexican contemporary artist Ramón José López (b. 1951). Lopez worked for a few years in construction before beginning his career as a jeweler and silversmith. The grandson of noted santero Lorenzo López, he uses many of his grandfather’s tools in his work. Ramón López has said, ​“My traditional work lets me see how influenced I really was by my heritage, my history. It showed me my roots and opened my eyes. I want to achieve the level of those old masters and how they captured emotions, so powerful, so moving.” López researches traditional methods and materials and masters them in his contemporary silver and gold jewelry, hollowware, painted hides, reredos, escudos (reliquaries), and blacksmithing. In addition, he also produces ecclesiastical vessels, chalices with patens, pyxes, rosary boxes, furniture, and architectural elements.
This fine reliquary consists of an oil painting on wooden panel with natural pigments with a mica glazing, housed in an arched sterling silver surround, hallmarked on verso “Ramon Lopez, Good Hands, Sterling”. Very good overall condition, with minor tarnishing on the borders, other imperfections and light wear. Dimensions: 5 ¼” H x 3 ½” W x ½” D. Ref: 8

ITEM ID
8207
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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Ramón José López Oil on Panel Painting of St. Francis in Sterling Silver Reliquary

$1,900

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