A Spanish 18th century carved wood and polychrome decorated figure of the Christ Child

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A Spanish 18th century carved wood and polychrome decorated figure of the Christ Child

Sold for £ 1,250 (US$ 1,726) inc. premium
A Spanish 18th century carved wood and polychrome decorated figure of the Christ Child
the standing figure with his right hand raised in blessing, his left holding a small orb, raised on a rectangular faux-marble and giltwood base, 59cm high (23" high)

Footnotes

  • The present piece with well proportioned body, naturalistic pose, gentle gaze and delicately painted flesh demonstrates the influence of the Spanish master Juan Martinez Montañés. His distinct realistic style had a profound effect on Spanish religious sculpture from the early 17th century onwards. Figures such as this would have been used for domestic worship as well as for religious processions.
    For comparable examples see Sothebys New York, 29 & 30 January 2009, Lot 347 and Sothebys London, 9 July 2009, lot 70.
    Related Literature: M. Trusted, Spanish Sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, page 92.
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