Sacred art objects 1955-1998
Alongside these different focuses of artistic interest, Émile Souply maintained an output of sacred art – tabernacles, candlesticks, crosses and ciboriums – for many churches in both French-speaking and Dutch-speaking Belgium.
This little-known part of his work was produced intermittently but uninterruptedly throughout his entire artistic career.
Objects such as chalices, processional crosses and large candelabra and drawings produced as the decades passed confirm the silversmith’s interest in contemporary work that was thoroughly integrated in the religious community and characterised by exceptional technical mastery.
In addition, Émile Souply also designed liturgical furniture – altars, choir stalls, cupboards, tabernacles – for various parishes.
His interest in sacred art dates back to the late fifties, when he made a weather vane in the form of a cockerel for the church in Maredret.