A highly collectable and exceedingly rare decorative and religious artefact which is very sort after and desirable due to its subject matter, history, and rare carved appearance. A very primitive and folk-art style statue and true one-off item fresh to market.
18th Century Hand Carved Dog of Saint Rocco from Venice
The item for sale is an 18th Century hand carved sectioned solid wood dog of saint Rocco from Venice. The item is in overall wonderful condition and made with great craftsmanship and detail. With a unique appearance with the dog sitting with its tongue hanging out. The item shows much age in appearance through patina and light marks and scuffs as shown in the photos provided.
Saint Rocco was born of noble parentage about 1340 A.D. in Montpellier, France. At birth it was noted that he had a red cross-shaped birthmark on the left side of his chest. As a young child, San Rocco showed great devotion to God and the Blessed mother. At an early age, his parents died leaving him an orphan under the care of his uncle, the Duke of Montpellier. Soon after, San Rocco distributed his wealth among the poor and took a vow of poverty. San Rocco dressed in the clothes of a pilgrim and departed for Rome. At that time, Italy was stricken with a rampant disease. San Rocco cured many of this dreaded disease by praying for them and making the sign of the cross. During his travels, he too contracted the plague which was evident by an open sore on his leg. Rocco was banished from the city and took refuge in a cave. Here he slept on leaves and drank water from a small stream. Miraculously a dog that refused to eat, faithfully brought him bread as a means of sustenance. The dog used to leave a nearby castle and the Lord of this castle having a curious nature followed this dog into the woods and discovered Rocco. The nobleman had pity on Rocco and brought him to his castle where Rocco was cured.
Size: H 13.5” x W 7” x D 2.4”
This is an antique item dated late 18th century, so please expected wear and tear. The photographs aim to illustrate this in the form of close-up picture of light scratches, cracks in the base of the feet (structurally sound however), and scuffs to the wooden surface and a strong aged patina to the wood. The item is completely structurally secure and is not missing any piece. The item is made from sections of hand carved wood and so is exceedingly rare in such fine condition for its age.
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