A small Bavarian sculpted wood figural group of Saint Francis of Assisi liberating the wild doves on their way to market. As the storied event goes, the young man surrendering the doves was also invited (and obliged) to become a friar in the Order. Note the original story from "The Little Flowers of St...
Offered here is a beautiful, early carved wood and gesso santo. It is finely carved which imbues the figure with great dignity and grace. Note the beautiful face and gentle gestures. The statue is missing two fingers and one hand and would have been affixed to a base. I feel fairly certain this is an 18th century piece. 12.5" high. Priced as is.
Offered here is a pair of truly fabulous candlesticks that are likely French in origin. They probably date to the early 19th century and possibly a bit earlier. They have impressive height (nearly 21"), and the most beautiful turned column. Each one is just slightly different, but close enough to be considered a pair. They have worm holes and nicks and bumps...
A delightful polychrome hand carved wood nutcracker in the form of a lady carrying an umbrella and wearing a scarf. She stands 8" high. Early 20th Century. Very charming, in excellent condition.
This Oaxacan folkart carving is by the very talented and well-known artisan Avelino Perez.
The Skeleton Monk has a purple robe and an open book in his hand. Approximate dimensions: 2" Long x 3" Wide x 6" High.
Offered here is a beautiful antique Italian gilt wood candle stand. It has hand carved details at the top, the column, and gorgeous detail on the big, square footed base. The candle stick stands 18.5" high and is about 7" at the base. The gilding is worn in places so that the red bole and some gesso shows through. It's a very beautiful piece.
Here we have a wonderful religious artifact that dates to the 18th-19th century. They are carved of wood, were gessoed and enameled over that. Very little of that remains, more gesso than enamel, but you can see small areas of skin toned paint on the tops of both feet. They are almost life sized, well formed and well carved, and a wonderful relic. They measure approximately 8" in length.
This gorgeous standing mantis is from the talented and well-known Mixe Artisan Group from Oaxaca. It is painted a wide variety of bright colors and has large red eyes and appropriate long antennae. Approximate dimensions: 7" Long x 7" Wide x 11" High.
The Mixe Artisan group from Oaxaca has created this lovely group of seven birds nesting in a tree. The birds are painted in a vast variety of colors in intricate patterns. Approximate dimensions: Tree with base: 17" high with two limbs.
Well-known and talented Oaxacan artisan Avelino Perez has used his imagination in creating this unusual angel. It has a white robe with red trim and beautiful wings in blue, green, red, and yellow. A good addition for the collector of unusual Oaxacan carvings. Approximate dimensions: 2" Long x 6" Wide (with wings) x 8" High.
San Miguel con el Diablo is the title of this wonderful hojalata (tin) sculpture by talented Oaxacan artisan Alfonso Santiago. San Miguel has a silver halo and gold embossed wings, with a blue tunic and green shield. The devil is appropriately red with gold embossed wings. It is anchored on a rectangular base, and is lacquered to protect the finish. Approximate dimensions: 9" Long x 4" Wide x 13" High.
This charming hojalata (tin) sculpture by Oaxacan artisan Alfonso Santiago is of a lighthearted couple on a see-saw. The figures,very intricately made, are painted bright colors - - the artist's style resembles the tin man in the movie "The Wizard of Oz." The see-saw moves back and forth and is anchored on a rectangular base. Approximate dimensions: 11" Long x 4" Wide x 11" High.
Highly talented Oaxacan hojalata (tin) artisan Alfonso Santiago has created this charming mermaid. Santiago's work is very imaginative and this red mermaid with blue hair wears a gold crown and is playing a lyre. The mermaid and multi-colored fish are mounted on a rectangular base. The tin is lacquered to protect the finish and colors. Approximate dimensions: 10" Long x 3" Wide x 9" High.
Highly praised Oaxacan artisan Avelino Perez had created these imaginative pumpkin head monks. The monk on the left wears a brown robe and seems to be smiling and waving hello and the monk on the right is wearing a black robe and appears to be sadly saying adios. Note the Dia de los Muertos skeleton hands and necks - - the two carvings show a bit of Oaxacan humor. Approximate dimensions for each carving: 9" High x 3" Wide.
This unusual carving of a toucan sitting on a watermelon has been created by the talented Mixe group of artisans from Oaxaca. The bird is beautifully painted with a soft, natural sheen. The toucan's back feathers are black and gray and its breast finely detailed in yellow and white. Its beak is orange, green, brown and white. The watermelon is a nice, luscious red, with just a few seeds. Approximate dimensions of watermelon and toucan: 12" Long x 6" Wide x 10" High