A Spanish late 17th / early 18th century carved wood, parcel gilt and polychrome decorated figure of Saint John the Baptist

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A Spanish late 17th / early 18th century carved wood, parcel gilt and polychrome decorated figure of Saint John the Baptist

£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,800 - 4,200
A Spanish late 17th / early 18th century carved wood, parcel gilt and polychrome decorated figure of Saint John the Baptist
the standing figure with his left leg bent, a lamb resting on his thigh, on a naturalistic ground with a tree stump to the base, raised on a giltwood bracket with scrolling acanthus leaves and later rectangular shelf, 110cm high (43" high) overall

Footnotes

  • The style of this carved wood figure owes much to the Spanish master Francisco Salzillo. Salzillo's figure of Joseph, circa 1760 (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Inv. no. A.2-1956) has a similar pose, rather wild, curly hair, life-like pinkish skin tones, and is raised on a naturalistic integral base. The naturalism of these figures is typical of 17th and 18th century Spanish sculpture and was intended to arouse piety and emotion in the viewer.

    Related Literature: M. Trusted, Spanish Sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, pages 120-121.
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