18C Saint Leonhard and Saint Wendelin Rare Hand Carving Fragment Choir Stalls
This is a very interesting object. Two extremely fine carved statues depicting Saint Wendelin – patron of the sheepherders- and Saint Leonhard -patron of cattle and stable. The two statues are a fragment of a choir stalls from the monastery Waldsassen in Germany.
Saint Wendelin is depicted with sheep and pig, he is holding a crook in his hands. Wendelin or Wendelin of Trier was a hermit and abbot. Wendelin is the patron saint of country people and herdsmen. Saint Wendelin is not mentioned in the Roman Martyrology, but his feast is observed in the Diocese of Trier on 22 October.
Saint Leonhard is depicted with horse and bullock, he is holding a crook and a chain. Leonard of Oblac or of Limoges is a Frankish saint closely associated with the town and abbey of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, in Haute-Vienne, in the Limousin (region) of France. He is then patron of political prisoners, imprisoned people, prisoners of war, and captives, women in labor, as well as horses. His feast day is November 6.
The two Saints are extremely fine carved. Each detail is a master piece. They are fixed on an amber velvet ground and framed in a wonderful antique golden gilded frame.
A very, very rare object, hard to find. Monastery pieces are high desired but hard to find!
The carving is in very good condition; some little chips, worm holes (not active), nothing important. It is an unusual good condition for wooden carvings and the results of the care in the monastery. Provenance informations on the back side.
Measurements: 22.4 x 20.4 inches (frame), the Saints have a height of 12 inches.
Item ID: TWOSAINTS
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