18th C., Sculpture of Saint Anthony with Jesus


  • £788
  • €920 Euro
  • $937 US Dollar


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18th C., Sculpture of Saint Anthony with Jesus

The beautifully polychromed church sculpture represents the popular Saint Anthony (Lisbon, 1195 – Padua, 1231) with the little Jesus on his arm. You can immediately recognize a Franciscan monk by his brown habit, brown hooded cloak and the cord with knots around his waist. The cord does not only serve a utility function to keep the habit together. Each of the three knots in the rope symbolizes a monastic vow: chastity, obedience and poverty. The vow of poverty is also the reason why the Franciscans live barefoot.

The depiction of the saint with the Christ child on his arm goes back to a miracle. When Anthony was meditating over a book about Christ’s cross, suddenly the child appeared above his manuscript.
Although the sculpture has been cut quite rudimentary, the bend of Anthony’s knees greatly enlivens the image. The somewhat popular character of the statue suggests that it was made in southern Europe: Spain, Italy or southern France.


  • H: 44.5cm (17.52in)
  • W: 15cm (5.91in)
  • D: 13cm (5.12in)


18th Century & Earlier

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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