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Statuette - St Jerome

St Jerome

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted alabaster, coral, sponge, gilded wire, wood

  • Museum number:

    A.8:1-1973

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette depicts St Jerome, naked except for a loose cloth draped over his shoulders and waist and holding out his left hand as if he is speaking. A skull rests at his foot and his cardinal's hat is on the ground nearby.
The style of the piece recalls coral montages from Naples or Trapani and it is likely that it was made in South Italy or Sicily. It is also reminiscent of the wax scenes produced by the Neapolitan artist Zumbo.

Physical description

Statuette, alabaster and other materials. The saint stands on his left leg, with his right leg crossed in front, leaning on his elbow against a trunk. He holds out his left hand, as if he is speaking. He is naked except for a loose cloth draped over his shoulders and waist. A skull rests at his foot, and his cardinal's hat is on the ground nearby. An open book with words inscribed is placed on the ground behind him. The elaborate rococco base includes two cherub heads in the foliate scrolls.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted alabaster, coral, sponge, gilded wire, wood

Marks and inscriptions

'SURGITE/ MORTVI/ VENITE AD.....'
RISE UP/ YE DEAD/ COME TO...'

Dimensions

Height: 60 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Antiquus Ltd, 90-92 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8PL.

Descriptive line

Statuette, painted alabaster, coral, sponge, St Jerome, 18th century, Italy.

Materials

Alabaster; Coral; Sponge; Wire; Wood

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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