Irish St Martin De Porres Statue - Patron Saint of Publicans, Barbers and Heath Workers - Coloured Freestanding c.1940s - RS113
Beautifully made, antique plaster statue of St Martin De Porres. Acquired from a local pub that had one in each of their two bars and where refurbishing and these would not have fitted the new decor.
St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, to Don Juan de Porres, a Spanish nobleman and adventurer, and Ana Velasquez, a freed daughter of slaves from Panama. His father abandoned the family when Martin and his sister, Juana, were very young. Ana Velasquez supported her children by taking in laundry.
Martín de Porres Velázquez OP, came to us on the 9th of December 1579 and died 3rd of November 1639 was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.
He was noted for his work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and an ability to communicate with animals.
The statues were crafted by Luigi Pacini and Sons of Dublin between 1936 and 1949, we know this because they are listed under Monumental Sculptors in Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory with the Post Office Dublin City and County Directory, for the year 1936 Thom's Directory
'Statuary' - appears in separate section, under 'Manufacturers of Irish Goods'.
Listed under Monumental Sculptors Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory with the Post Office Dublin City and County Directory, for the year 1946 Thom's Directory, as 'Figure Maker and Moulder'.
They do not appear after 1949 so obviously closed or left Ireland.
We now only have one of the Statues in stck that beeing the one on the left. They are as you can see identical in size etc, just the colours are slightly different. The Dimensions are 13.25" /330mm high, 4.2" / 115mm wide, 3.5" / 85mm deep and weigh 850grms / 1.8lbs.
Your purchase will be carefully packed in recycled wrappings where possible and despatched by An Post or Courier Service.
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