Offering for sale from our personal collection of religious art a very old and wonderful rare piece of folk art from the Bavaria area. This is reverse painting on glass, of a Saint, St Leonard with his crosier, cow and on his Bishops or similar cap a swastika - like symbol. The swastika was a good luck and spiritual symbol before the Nazis took it over; being used by Christians, and is found on many items from other traditions including old religious items and items from Tibet, where it is an auspicious symbol. . There is absolutely no connection with the Nazi regime. The cap, top of staff, hems of robes, etc, are either shiny gold gilt paint or gold gilt foil showing through unpainted glass, very hard to tell. This piece is old and unsigned. We have identified this as typical Pohori School, with this St Leonard very similar to part of a painting in the Kosice Museum; we found the photo in the book "Folk Painting On Glass" by Josef Vydra, old book. This book does not give a clear idea on how to date such art, this piece could be from the 1800's or older, or could be newer as this stle of painting may very well be continued by amateur artists, as most of the techniques would produce similar results. We know it is not a new piece. Due to the nature of this style of painting, we think removing it from the frame could destroy the art, as the glass appears to possibly be attached on the sides to a board on the back,, again this is a guess. On the back of the frame is paper all in German language which was used for the backing paper. This paper appears to be glued to a this foam type board, again we are guessing on what is inside. This came from an estate in Nashville Tennessee, which has a large number of German Catholic immigrants since the early to mid 1800's. The total size of this piece is 11 & 3/8" tall and 8 & 1/4" wide. Overall good condition with some mild crackling appearance, almost like a tiny bubbling, especially in the green grass area. Old bubbles in the glass also indicating the age.
Item ID: RA-331