Offered by Poisson et Associés
Paintings, sculptures and art objects from the 15th to the 17th century
Flemish, 16th century
Polychromed and gilded wood
This sculpture is part of a group of small statuettes for personal devotion created by the craftsmen of the Guild of Saint Luke in Mechelen and known as the "Mechelen Dolls". The figures, all individual saints, are made from reference models using highly regulated carving and polychromy techniques. These figures were produced in large quantities in Mechelen from the middle of the 15th century to around 1530. Ideally, they are made from a single piece of wood, usually walnut. The works are small in size, with great attention to detail and rich polychromy, making them ideal for an increasingly personal devotion. The characteristic features are the rounded faces and the lively and detailed folding work that distinguishes the sculpture of this period.
Our sculpture represents Saint Women, one of whom is Mary of Salome - this is not certain, but as the woman on the right is holding a vase, it is likely, given the iconography of the saint. Remains of polychromy and gilding are present on the front.
Former Henry Verne collection (1918-2021)
Brussels (Bob Morane)
12 000 €