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19th C. Mexico Santos Wood & Glass Nicho - St. Francis

Lot 0112
Donated By: Donick Cary, Emmy-Award winning writer/producer (Letterman /Simpsons / Parks and Recreation /Silicon Valley)

New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial style, ca. 19th century CE. A dark wood, hexagonal nicho with glass panels set between columns on all six sides. Two scrolling wooden flourishes form finials opposite each other on the top. A square opening in the top has a fitted lid with raised handle which opens easily to reveal the santo within. This hand-carved and -painted wooden figure depicts one of the most beloved and venerated saints, St. Francis of Assisi, shown here with the traditional Franciscan coiffure and holding a skull atop a book. Size: 19.5" W x 25" H (49.5 cm x 63.5 cm)

Although Francis is often known for his love of animals, he also had a philosophical side when it came to mortality. He was often said to bring a skull he carried to the breakfast table and to remind his family members of the temporary nature of life on Earth.

Santos played an important role in bringing the Catholic Church to the New World with the Spanish colonists. These religious figures were hand-carved and often furnished with crowns, jewels, and other accessories, usually funded by religious devotees, and were used as icons to explain the major figures - Mary, Christ, and the saints - to new, indigenous converts. Likewise, they served as a connection to the Old World for Spanish colonists far from home. They became a folk art tradition in the Spanish New World, from modern day Guatemala to as far north as New Mexico and Colorado. Many of them were lovingly cared for over the years, with repairs and paint added as they aged, and played an active part for a long time in the religious life of their communities.

Provenance: private D. C. collection, California, USA; D. C. is an Emmy Award winning Hollywood writer and Executive Producer, collected before 2000

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Dark patina from age and handling on wood surfaces. Small losses and expected wear on surface. Wood floor on interior has some cracking/separation from drying over time. Santo has nice craquelure. One hand has been replaced and there may be some areas of overpainting, which is very common on santos. Some worn paint on santo surface. Glass is new.


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19th C. Mexico Santos Wood & Glass Nicho - St. Francis

Estimate $800 - $1,200Oct 5, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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