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Purchased in France, from a Spanish dealer, who purchased this piece from a South American dealer, who purchased it from a Mexican dealer..... origin Mexico?  No matter it's origin, it certainly is a wonderful piece of Folk Art.  It is made of  gesso covered wood that was then given a coating of shellac.  Great detail in the finish work of this piece including both carved wood and plaster decoration.  The hand carved wooden hands of both the Virgin Mother and Jesus are removable and fit into the preformed holes in the body of the piece.  The Virgin Mother has glass, inset eyes.
Generally excellent condition.  A few nicks and surface imperfections.  There is a hairline near the upper chest of the Virgin Mother. These do not bother me, but I felt I should point them out.  I expect to see these minor imperfections on a 100 year old + piece. Height 19 1/2".  Click here to view detailed  images of this piece 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Back Bottom
Information Update:  I received an email from Georg.  He advised me this santo represents the Virgin of Zapopan (outside Guatelajera).     SOLD

Purchased at a catalogued auction of French Folk Art in Paris, France, this sampler was guaranteed to be from the late 18th c. by the French "Expert" present in the salesroom. ( French auctions are a bit different than their American counterparts.  A French auctioneer must attend a special school and afterwards, pass an examination and do an internship before being able to take the title of "Maitre".  A French auctioneer is similar to a lawyer  in this country.  Auctions are more closely regulated in France.)

The sampler is titled "Saint Suaire de Besançon".  It depicts the corpse of Christ surrounded by a Bishop and two Deacons.

This sampler was executed using several different mediums. The foundation of the sampler is cream colored silk taffeta. The body of Christ was drawn using red ink. Embroidery work was wrought using silk embroidery and gold thread.  The faces of the deacon and bishops were hand painted on paper that was then adhered to the taffeta.  

I emailed the Expert to ask for further information and explanation of this sampler and this is what she replyed "En France, il y a eu "plusieurs saint-suaire" dont celui dit aujourd'hui de Turin et qui se trouvait à Chambéry en Savoie. Le saint-suaire de Besançon, vénéré depuis le XVIe siècle, a disparu au début du XIXe siècle dans un incendie. A la différence du saint suaire de Turin, celui de Besançon ne présente le corps du Christ que sur une face."  Evidently, there are several Saint Suaires in France.  This sampler was found in Chambery in the Savoie region of France.

Generally good condition with some staining and small losses due to vermin.  Dimensions:  12" x 16 1/2".

An interesting, early sampler to add to a collection. 

Click on photo to enlarge it.  Other views 1, 2 , 3, 4. Back.