This wood sculpture has been beautifully designed with so much attention to detail that it appears realistic, and it is possible to appreciate every detail of the body. This 18th Century Life-Size Joan of Arc Santos Cage Doll sculpture exudes high quality with a good patina from that time… It is absolutely gorgeous! She comes in 2 parts. The bust can be separated from her skirt. This is a real museum piece for the serious collector. Provenance: Given the testimony of the former owner, this Joan of Arc sculpture was an order from a French bourgeoisie. To a Spanish frontier workshop for a French private chapel in the 18th century. Item Condition: Good condition. Age weathered surfaces, some chips and flaws can be noted along the sculpture. Condition is appropriate for age and use. See photos for complete assessment. Height: 58.66 inches / 149 centimeters. Width: 25.59 inches / 65 centimeters. Depth: 16.53 inches / 42 centimeters. The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish Colonial and Western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700’s and 1800’s, primarily due to these wars. Santos dolls are closely related to the Crèche figures, which were implemented in Italy by St Francis of Assisi, during the 13th century. However, the Crèche are primarily associated with Italian and French nativity and crib scenes. Crèche scenes are still elaborately displayed throughout Italy and in parts of France, most notably in Provence. The item “18th Century Life-Size Joan of Arc Santos Cage Doll, Mannequin, Religious, Saint” is in sale since Monday, July 23, 2018. This item is in the category “Antiques\Decorative Arts\Woodenware\Carved Figures”. The seller is “violettechandelierantiques” and is located in Lisbon. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Style: Baroque
- Age: Pre-1800
- Primary Material: Wood
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Color: Green
- Country/Region of Origin: France