Baroque Cherub Figurine circa mid-1700's
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A rare find, this beautifully expressive religious statue is a carved wood, polychrome and gesso Baroque cherub figurine circa mid-1700's. It was bought from the estate of a family that lived for centuries in Brazil and owned a slave plantation there. It was originally acquired in a small village in the Brazilian jungle by the head of the family in the 1930ís. Most surviving pieces from the Brazilian Baroque era do not record authorship. During the period when this angel statue was carved, Portuguese pieces were imported in great numbers, but native masters proliferated. They took refined European models as a source for their inspiration and adapted their general lines toward a folk interpretation of the Baroque style.
The cherub has an eye hook at the back so it can hang on the wall, or it can be suspended from the ceiling and it can also be placed on a table or pedestal in a sitting position.
The wood has a very old, thin, longitudinal crack that runs the length of the figurine, but it is stable. Very attractive patina. The worn-out hands and feet with missing fingers and toes also add, rather than detract from its ancient character. This wonderful carving has been authenticated by an accredited professional appraiser. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Dimensions: approx. 27 3/4 inches long, 15 inches wide, 11inches deep. Weight 15 pounds.