French Hand Carved Stone Head of the Virgin from the Croix Rouge, Lyon, France
We normally don't buy religious pieces, but the skill of carving, the depth of her serenity, and the large size made us reconsider this outstanding piece. Sourced from the Croix Rouge (Red Cross) in Lyon during a renovation, and dating to the early 19th century, this piece makes an exceptional focal point outside in the garden or inside on a museum mount. The brown fibers on the statue are moss that will green up, if she is placed directly in contact with the earth and left in a damp and shady spot. The carving is sensational with her wavy hair and closed eyes, and her face is in perfect weathered condition. Although made of a hard white limestone, we recommend that you bring her indoors in harsh winter climates.
France, CA 1820
H: 18.5 in D: 19.5 in W: 18.75 in
Ref: SHE 1008