Post Medieval French Majolica 'st. Nicholas' Boys' Figu
18th century AD A French majolica group of three boys standing inside a large shallow barrel, their facial features and bodily contours delineated with narrow black lines and blue highlights, their hair painted in brown; the central figure stepping out of the barrel with one hand clasped to his chest; the right-hand figure with his hands joined in prayer; the left-hand figure leaning on the barrel's edge; the barrel itself with yellow and blue horizontal detailing and vertical panels delineated in black. This figure refers to the legend of St. Nicholas and the three boys, a medieval tale according to which the saint miraculously revived three small boys who had been butchered and sold as ham during a famine; they emerged alive and naked from the barrel in which the 'ham' had been stored. 600 grams, 14.5 cm. (5 3/4"). Ex Douglas Rose collection; Christie's sale 9976, lot 124 (2004).
Fair condition, some loss to the enamel.