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SPANISH COLONIAL CARVED FIGURE OF THE YOUNG CHRIST 17TH C. Comprising a large and impressive carved polychrome and gilt wood figure of the Young Christ asleep, probably Portuguese late 17th century, resting on an ornate demilune base with overhanging surfaces supported by carved bracket feet interspaced with carved gilt flower heads centered with pastestones. The figure of the Young Christ depicted sleeping upright, his head resting on his left hand supported by a pillar, beneath his feet winged cherub heads, and behind him a flowering tree form with carved putti, implements of the passion, and terminating with a dove with outstretched wings symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Height 19 inches (48.5cm).
Important Notice: The absence of condition information in the description does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition, a condition report is available by request.
$2,000 - 3,000
€ 2,000 - 3,000
Price Realized: $2,250.00
Sotheby's, New York, auction of Tuesday November 24, 1987, lot 145 and illustrated.
The offered devotional carving would seem to relate compositionally in some ways to the well-known carved ivory figures of the Young Christ as the Good Shepherd produced in the Portuguese governed city of Goa, India in the 17th century. Here Christ leans upon the column in which he will be scourged and suspended from that column is a flagrum. On the left side of the base are carved nails of the crucifixion and on the right side of the base the dice which will be used to gamble for Christ's robe. The large carved leaves behind the seated Christ also depicts a ladder, coins representing the 30 pieces of silver, a hammer, pliers, a hand which will slap the face of Christ, and a rooster that will crow after Peter's third denial of Jesus. Overall in a very good state of original preservation retaining the vast majority of original gilding and polychroming with only a few scattered minor losses. Lot is accompanied with the Sotheby's auction catalog for November 24, 1987.
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