A Fragmentary Sandstone Sculpture of a Bearded Headless Saint c.1870 & Later

Origin: French or Italian
Period: Principally Mid 19thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1860-70 & Mid 20thC the Plinth
Height: 40”
Width: 28”
Depth: 15” (all at extremities & with base)

The well carved sandstone sculpture of a bearded saint or religious figure, the top section of his head long since absent, the whole being beautifully weathered with age, the figure wearing the Star of David and wearing ceremonial robes whilst sitting upon a throne with a large barrel to one flank, and presented on a twentieth century composition stone base with five bored (fountain?) holes and a central carved cartouche, surviving principally from the middle of the nineteenth century and later.

The sculpture has the obvious losses as per the photographs and there are a couple of old repairs such as to one foot. The plinth has chipped losses to the flanks, please refer to all of the photographs for a full visual reference. If they were left outside for a longer period they would blend very well aesthetically with lichen and weathering. There are carved inscriptions to the base which could also prove interesting if researched further.

The figure is almost certainly a nineteenth copy of a much earlier work, and further research would prove rewarding.

A mysterious and imposing piece of sculpture.