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Antique 1700s Hand Carved French Christ Figure and Alter Crucifix, 19.5" Frame, 10" Christ
A fine 1700s alter frame in carved wood with gesso and gold which houses a large 10" tall figure of the crucified Christ. The figure is also hand carved in wood, dates 1700s, and is displayed beautifully against a 19th century panel of silk velvet, rather than a cross. Still a crucifix figure and devotional. You can see in our photos the stage of the cross - Jesus looks upward to God the Father and beseeches "Why hast thou forsaken me?". In agony that is evident in his pose and anatomical detail, his muscles taught and straining at the nails that hold him to the cross. The emotion is palpable, and it's a beautiful old remnant of a simpler time. Measurements in full are noted on the photos.
Very good condition for age and type. This is about 250 years old, and shows age. The finish has a wonderful patina of it's true and authentic age, as well. No losses to the old frame, though some rub to the finish that reveals the clay red underpaint over which the gold is applied. The figure of Christ is missing some portions of fingers on each hand. Look that over on the photos. Again, hand carved in wood. The 4 nails are the old originals and remain, though the cross to which he might have been anchored is no longer with this one, as you see. Large, lovely, no evidence of wood worm at all.
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