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Statuette - Saint Joseph with the Infant Christ

Saint Joseph with the Infant Christ

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (south, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased under the Bequest of Captain H. B. Murray.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette, made in South Germany in about 1750, represents St. Joseph with the Infant Christ, the popular subject in South Germany and Spain in the 18th century. This statuette carved in limewood has been painted to imitate stone.

Physical description

Statuette of St. Joseph with the infant Christ in wood. Painted white but the edges of the drapery are gilt. The upper part of the Child has been restored and St. Joseph's head broken and repaired.

Place of Origin

Germany (south, made)


ca. 1750 (made)




Height: 32.5 cm Measurement taken at time of acquisition

Object history note

Bought from Dr Hermann Burg, who believed the statuette to have come from the monastery of Salem, near Lake Constance.

Descriptive line

St joseph with the infant christ; Wood polychrome South German 18th cent

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Review of the Principal Acquisitions During the Year 1926. London, 1927. p. 8. fig. 8.
Cf. Sauerlandt, M. Die deutsche Plastik des Achtzehnten Jahrhunderts. München, K. Wolff, 1926. figs. 42-43.
Cf. Brinckmann, A. E. Barock-bozzetti. Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt, A.G., 1923-25. IV. p. 112.

Labels and date

South German; about 1750
Painted limewood
Purchased under the bequest of Captain H. B. Murray

The subject of St Joseph alone with the Christ child was popular in South Germany and Spain in the eighteenth century. The wood has been painted to imitate stone.
[1993 - 2011]


Limewood; Pigment


Carving; Painting


Sculpture; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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