This is a wonderful and rare religious carving depicting the holy Virgin and Child. This piece is coming from Italy from a private chapel and was manufactured ca. 1750.
The Virgin is standing on the globe, to her legs the snake. Lovely face, the joy of motherhood is evident. Jesus, on the left arm of the Virgin, has his right hand raised in blessing. His left hand is missing, probably he holds an orb.
The clothes of the Virgin are magnificent, white dress with golden border and a sky blue cape.
The pedestal contains a small compartment protected by glass. It is a very interesting reliquary. Inside lined with red velvet (faded during the centuries) and ornate by nun works pieces. Flowers and wire, probably copper, a moon crescent made of ivory color silk, some little cushions made of silk. On one of them a small figurine (copper?) depicting a cherub.
In the reliquary are also some paper pieces, illegible. The reliquary must be opened in the past, on the glass are some old traces of glue visible.
This antique piece is in very good condition considering age and fragility. Some painting loss, see please the photographs. The left arm of the Child is restored, the right one is missing. The pedestal has some age cracks, one is restores. Worm holes, not active.
Rare collector piece with an imposing height of 28.8 inches.