Figure of a Female Saint
Southern Netherlandish (Malines)
Overall: 37 x 12 x 7.5 cm (14 9/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood with polychromy and gilding; some later painting, gilding and varnish
Not On View
This doll-like figure was set into a garden tableau, probably made for a convent. The saint’s sweet features, graceful posture, and rhythmically flowing drapery are highlighted by paint and gilding, some of which is original-a rare survival.
Carved in middle back of figure: \II\; circular stamp in black on bottom of base inscribed: DOUANES PAYS BAS (center of inscription illegible); adhesive sticker inscribed: 12263.1/Wickes.
About 1950s, H. Blairman and Sons, London; sold by Blairman to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI [see note 1]; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)
 The exact date that Mr. Wickes purchased the sculpture is not known. According to a letter from George Levy of H. Blairman and Sons to the MFA (June 5, 1990), it may have been in the 1950s.
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection