From a home in Tours, France, this tall hand carved French statue represents St. Martin de Tours and dates to the early 1800’s. Most of the original finish on this statue is gone, but now it is a beautiful color, showing traces of old white gesso, paint, and natural wood.
A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr. Known for encountering a beggar and cutting his officer’s cloak in half he gave the other half to him. Later in life he became the bishop of Tours and adopted the life of a hermit. St. Martin was born in 316 or 317 and died November 11, 397. He was the patron saint of cavalry, innkeepers, geese, horsemen and beggars.
CONDITION: Good condition with some age separations, minor missing areas of wood. Statue likely had a crosier at one point.
H=38, W=12 1/2, D=10
Early 1800s Partially Stripped French Wood Statue of St Martin de Tours