Reliquary / Devotio Bologna

Devotio Bologna 17 – 19 February

We participate to this event which proclaims to be multi-confessional but in reality is mainly Roman Catholic.

Obviously our goal is to promote our gilt leather. Historically gilt leather was used as altar pieces or to make some liturgical garment. Since gilt leather is quite a rare product for over a century, the demand from the church collapsed, our aim is to (humbly try to) restore this demand.

We will propose an altar piece and a reliquary.

The concept is from Lutson, the cabinet maker is Adèle Enjolras http://adele-ebeniste.toile-libre.org/ she also produced  the technical drawing. The box is made of solid chestnut 25mm thick, the framing is made of walnut, her work is mm sharp.

Adèle in her workshop
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The inside of the reliquary is gilded, on the far end hangs a crystal cross, two windows allow to see the relic, which is protected form exterior elements by the solid construction.

As I previously said, zero tolerance, all neat and sharp

When elaborating the concept of the reliquary we thought it had to respond to high standards.                                                                                                                    It had to be of generous proportions, build by human hands and made out of natural materials it had to be solid like a safe, made with precision and care, it had to be precious inside and outside, ready to harbor a relic.                To offer it a last worthy residence.

As Always

Fred

 

 

 

 

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New Reliquary for St Fris of Bassoues

Saint Fris Reliquary, Bassoues.

Jacques Dubarry de la Salle (90 !)

He came to the workshop with the idea to search the drawers for some forgotten leather panel he could use as a covering for Saint Fris’s  new reliquary.

He came, He saw, He went (with a panel under the arm)

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "jacques dubarry de la salle"

Jacques, here lecturing on marbles, one of his great passions, he is at the origin of the Marble Museum in Bagnères-de-bigorre which is soon to open doors

Ivory roof tiles comes from ancient piano touches, the woodwork form bits and pieces made and found in his workshop and a gilt leather panel from my drawer. All the work and intelligence by: Jacques !!

This reliquary reflects the spirit of the remote area I live in, small budget, great creativity, good will….. I love it.

Some pictures in situ at the Basilique St Fris will follow in a later posting.

As always

Fred