St Joseph with Baby Jesus - 12 Inch Irish Plaster Freestanding Statue - St Joseph and the Child Jesus - G. Pacini & Sons Dublin c.1936s - RS
A beautifully made vintage Irish plaster statue of St Joseph and the Child Jesus, made in Dublin, Ireland in the early 20th Century. The statue is freestanding and measures 12" or 30cm in height, including the coloured base plinth and is approx. 4" or 10cm wide at the widest point, and 3" or 75cm deep. The statue depicts Saint Joseph holding the sleeping Child Jesus in his left arm, while carrying a long stem of lilies in his right. The sleeping Jesus is cradling a small cross to himself with both hands. The Child is all in white, with gold trim; Joseph is quite colourful in a lilac robe also trimmed with a golden trim and also has a draped shawl of chestnut brown. He stands barefoot on the mound of the base. As expected for the age there is some small paint loss; small chips of paint most noticeable on Joseph's dark hair and his brown cloak. These however are quite small and entirely in keeping with the age. There is a small 'flat spot' on the top of the head of Joseph.
The statue although not marked it is almost identical to a larger version we have in stock that is by Pacini & Sons, (Luigi Pacini and Sons, "L P") who ran a business at 112 Lower Clanbrassil Street, Dublin between 1936 and 1946, according to the local business registry who listed their business as 'Statuary' - the listing appears in separate section, under 'Manufacturers of Irish Goods', following the Trades' Directory, in 1936. The Business then re-appears under 'Figure Maker and Molder' in the main section of the Dublin Trades' Directory in 1946.
The statue weighs a hefty 85g or 1.7lb without any packaging. The condition is 'good antique condition for its age', with chips and scratches to the paint colour as mentioned, but no more than would be expected. The wear on this statue gives the impression of it having been loved and handled by many. There may have been some long ago repair work on the area where Jesus rests against the cheek of Joseph, as the colouring looks slightly different.
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