Finished the restoration of this Life size corpus last month, I polychromed & gilded the piece, then David re-installed onto the sanctuary wall. It was part of a rood screen which had been in storage for some years... Father James saw its potential, and I was happy to be part of re-instating it and for it to see the light of day once again.
The Bambino from the crib set of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Wigan is restored
1. Amateur repairs had rendered the original arm irreparable.
2. A new arm was modeled in clay and a mould made around it.
3. The old arm has to be discarded because of the poor condition.
4. The arm has been replaced and the figure restored.
This small statuette of Saint Joan, (my own patron saint), is beautifully modeled. Her banner was broken and the paintwork shabby.
The decoration on her banner looked a little sad, with the names "JHESUS" and "MARIA" painted in a commonplace manner.
Joan loved her banner, because in holding it, she did not hold a weapon.
During her trial, Joan was asked which she loved best, her sword or her banner, to which she answered :
" It was I who carried the aforementioned sign when I charged the enemy. I did so to avoid killing any one. I have never killed a man."
Her captors asked her if carrying of the banner was her own idea, she replied that Saint Catherine and Saint Marguerite had told her ;
"that she should take and carry the Standard boldly on the part of the King of Heaven."
The flag was therefore decorated in a manner which honoured the king of heaven. One contemporary account of 1429, by the merchant Morosini described it thus:
“she carries also a white standard on which Our Triune Lord holds in one hand the world and the other is raised in blessing. On each side (of Christ) is an angel who presents Him a fleurs de lys, as the symbol of the kings of France.”
I think it is a good thing to be historically accurate, where this is practical. This statuette is displayed in a small church, and so I enriched the banner with the image of Christ enthroned, flanked by angels.
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