A dynamic and very life-like depiction of Saint Michael defeating the devil, it is cast in solid (and heavy) pewter. It originates from the Champagne region of France and dates towards 1880.
This piece was cast by a master atelier (workshop) and the model number is found on the back (VM276). The detailing from every angle is incredible; the figures almost come to life.
Saint Michael, great wings outstretched stands on the body of the devil, ready to pierce him with a mighty sword. Each detail of Saint Michael is exquisite. The feathers of the wings are detailed and life-like. The face bears a benevolent but determined expression. The outer robe has deep folds and appears to be blown by the force of this great act. The arms, legs, hands and feet are realistic. Details to the legs include bracelets and sandals. The devil is the very picture of evil; a grotesque face with horns, a three pronged sword, a pointed serpent tail and flat wings. There is so much detail to each section from all sides....please study the photos as they are the best description!
It measures: 10 1/2" tall (to top of sword), the base 3" square, wingspan width 4 1/2", Michael himself 7 1/2" to top of left hand. It is in very good antique condition. (the felt which covers the bottom has become detached inward...it could be replaced).
This is a magnificent cast pewter example from the late 19th century. It is a beautiful devotional work which portrays this great Saint and religious event in a superb and realistic manner.
European Importer of Authentic 18th and 19th Century Religious Antiques:Division of Paris Chateau
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