We've been restoring a pair of statues for a Lourdes Grotto - Spot the difference? (the daisies I mean.)
If St. Bernadette were my little girl, I would have embroidered the yoke of her blouse for sure!
I am told that the children from the local school stop to say a prayer at this Grotto each morning. I think they would appreciate the daisies....
On this Statue we found a little label which said " A. STROBE "Artistic Decorator". Inscribed on the base in a fancy scrawl was the date (1930).
I had first thought, that "A. Strobe" was the sculptor, or at least the name of the studio; but the term " Artistic Decorator" suggests the possibility, that this label referred to the person who had poly chromed the statue.
The original shown above left, has been treated in a painting style which emulates the Spanish practice of rubbing a dark pigmented oil (Bitumen) over the completed figures to give depth - (no it wasn't just grime! )
Mary's sallowed face is a result of the varnish yellowing with age; this had dripped in curtains down the figure, and had produced unsightly stains.
It was quite a relief to find, that the only modern intervention in 70 years, was the poor finger repair ( see previous post)
When I see a label with a name, such as " A.Strobe" I wonder if they are still in this world or the next? I also wonder, if like me, they had a family - and if they prayed about their work. Stuff like that - and when I see something as beautiful as this, I have to thank God for the gift he gave to those people who created it.
This is our next project - the restoration of a 1930's plaster Pieta. Images below show the repair made to the index finger of Jesus' left hand.
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