Image of Our Lady of Fátima with Crown of Roses. Silver
Just a few years from the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Cova da Iria, the Leitão & Irmão house contributed to this significant milestone by recreating – in silver, gold and precious stones – the famous crowned image of the chapel.
To faithfully reproduce a small image of Our Lady of Fátima, Leitão & Irmão used the original moulds – now in the possession of Luciano Thedim, nephew and pupil of José Ferreira Thedim, whose saint-making workshop is located in Nogueira da Maia.
Based on the moulds from 1920, Luciano Thedim carved, in Brazilian cedar, the same piece from the chapel of the apparitions, but in a smaller size to be reproduced as jewellery. The work to reproduce this wood sculpture in silver was done in 2012/2013 using a manufacturing technique – patented by Leitão & Irmão – which perfectly replicates the wood in silver.
As regards the crown, the original 1942 mould of the Crown of Roses made in the Leitão house’s workshop was also used to ensure its completely faithful reproduction in miniature.
This miniature reproduction of the Crown of Roses, in gilded silver, used in the image of Our Lady every day of the year (except for holidays), features the theme of roses, which also hearkens back to the miracle of the roses and memory of Saint Elizabeth, wife of king Dom Diniz and queen of Portugal at the end of the 14th century.
All of the jewellery work to create these crowned images of Our Lady was done in the centuries-old workshop of the Leitão & Irmão house – in the exact same location where the original crowns were made in 1942.
The crowns of the image of Our Lady of Fátima are queen’s crowns from a heraldic standpoint, i.e. they have eight half-arches starting at the crown’s base and coming together at an orb with a cross on top.