18th C, Southern France, Madonna and Child, Carved


  • £3,314
  • €3,900 Euro
  • $4,059 US Dollar


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18th C, Southern France, Madonna and Child, Carved

Although the 18th century, the period of the Enlightenment in France, spawned thinkers who criticized the privileges of the clergy and the truthfulness of certain dogmas, the Roman Catholic faith was very much present in everyday life. Since king Louis XIV had issued the Edict of Fontainebleau in 1685, Protestantism was banned. This Madonna with child illustrates the daily practice of faith. Like many 18th-century Madonna statues of the south of France, this Virgin has no refined facial features. Even though the sculptor has paid a lot of attention to the rhythm of the folds, the figure remains rather heavy. An iron hook is attached to the back of the statue to anchor it. The polychrome and gilding on the front are still intact.


  • H: 67cm (26.38in)
  • W: 27cm (10.63in)
  • 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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