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Belgium Antiques Buying Trip: Religious Treasures

We continued our European antiques buying trip in Belgium, where we found a wonderful array of religious treasures to ship home, as well as antique furniture. In my last blog post I wrote about the antique and vintage chandeliers we found in Belgium.  So let’s have a look at our next discoveries.

antique religious treasures

We were mainly driving around France, Belgium and England to visit antique stores and dealers so we could find pieces to ship back to the USA. However, on one day in Belgium we helped clear out a house and we found some great religious pieces. Apparently the lady that died was the girlfriend of the local priest! That would explain why she had so many exquisite crucifixes and religious statues.

Antique religious statues from Belgium

Here are some of the statues we found. The details on the Madonnas and saints are beautiful. You can see that the hand-painted robes and faces on the figures still show bright colors and there isn’t much sign of wear and tear. They were obviously well-cared for and loved, and probably kept in a fairly shady room so the colors didn’t get bleached by the sun.

Antique Store in Belgium

We also bought some wonderful antique furniture in Belgium. In my post about our antiques buying trip in France I shared a photo of a very picturesque antique shop in Normandy and some other stores that were packed to the rafters,. But this one in Belgium was a first!  This dealer uses an old grocery store as a warehouse. I guess it is called “upcycling!”

Will all the antiques fit in the vanAt the end of our buying trip in Belgium we had a huge bounty of furniture and religious treasures, as well as 85 vintage chandeliers. The chandeliers were all individually wrapped and you can’t see them in this photo. We pack them inside the big furniture so they are protected and also to make the most of every inch of space. But just imagine 85 individually wrapped chandeliers!  So now the question was: Could we fit everything we had bought in Belgium in THIS rented van?

Inside the van

And the answer was…. Nope! It worked out to be about three van loads. But we managed to get everything safely transported. Next, our very full shipping container will set off for the USA in the last week in July and land in Charleston about 4 weeks later. Then the real work begins!

As for me and Greg, we drove back to Paris to turn in the van, and then we flew to England to drive around the Midlands looking for grandfather clocks and Chesterfield leather sofas. That’s another story for my next blog post!

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Antique Religious Treasures

Antique religious treasures 1940 French cross

1940 French Standing Cross

As usual in the weeks approaching Easter, a lot of people are getting in touch with us at EuroLuxAntiques.com to ask about our antique religious treasures. Customers are also preparing for Confirmations and First Communions in the spring.

There is something very special about an antique religious object, whether a crucifix, standing cross, holy water font, or a statue of Jesus Christ or the Madonna. It is so moving to see the devotional wear on these exquisite works of holy art.

You can often see where someone has rubbed the religious object with their fingers when praying. As a result, the crucifix or statue has developed that devotional wear over the years. To me, this makes it even more beautiful. It shows that someone has really cared about it and it has played an important part in their spiritual life.

Jesus Christ Sacred Heart Antique religious treasure

Antique Religious Treasure Madonna

The Jesus Christ Sacred Heart statue and the large antique Madonna and Child sculpture are both fine examples of French religious chalkware dating to the 1920s. While browsing European antiques market,  I’m constantly scanning the tables until a crucifix or a Madonna statue catches my eye! I made a beeline for this Madonna at a French antiques market  because of her 17-inch-high size and the pretty white and gold painted finish.

Joan of Arc Antique Religious Treasure

I tend to like very ornate things, so I always enjoy seeing the very Rococo crucifixes or antique religious treasures with saints. This 1900 antique French statue of the Roman Catholic Saint Joan of Arc definitely captured my attention. The Maid of Orleans is a stunning 44 inches high so she’s hard to miss! The elaborate detail on the flag fringes, armor, helmet, and draped garments make her a noble figure.

Holy water font The 1940 French vintage holy water font on the right, depicting the Madonna and Child, is also powerful in design. I need to return to France to find some more.

I love this time of year and helping people find just the right devotional object. Of course, I love talking with customers about all our antique furniture too. But I feel honored to be able to connect someone to the antique religious treasure they’ve been seeking. We are not only adding a unique decorative antique to their home. We’re the guardians for a sacred object that has been much loved in the past, and now we help it on its journey to someone else who will treasure it in their own intimate spiritual life. What an amazing privilege!

Do you have a special antique religious treasure? Tell us about it in the comments box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.