Originally a hand-carved 17th century statue of a woman saint, this small French stone fragment would make a wonderful decorative accessory for a mantel or small table. The woman’s lower body is all that remains, although some indiscernible elements above her waist are present, such as what appears to be an arm across the torso and the clasp to a necklace. Our saint is clad in an ankle length dress covered by a tied sash at the waist. The fabric covers her entire back side, but also runs diagonally across the front of the upper legs before hanging alongside her right hip. Her right knee is slightly bent, causing the fabric to gather, which has been depicted with a great sense of realism. The dark gray stone has some lighter colored areas as a result of chipping, as well as light brown patina in some areas. An interesting piece of decorative art, the carved stone fragment of a woman saint could also be repurposed into a unique desk lamp.
CONDITION: A fragment of an original 17th century statue, with losses that are centuries old, such as missing elements (arms and head) and visible chips. The remaining stone is in good antique condition. Areas have developed a brown patina, most noticeably on the right knee and at the feet. Please see photos for details.