Figure of a Female Saint

Southern Netherlandish (Malines)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1510–
Unidentified artist


Dimensions

Overall: 37 x 12 x 7.5 cm (14 9/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.2230

Medium or Technique

Wood with polychromy and gilding; some later painting, gilding and varnish

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Markings

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.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection