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2023 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 1)

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 358

5 Mexican Folk Art Ex-Voto Retablos with Our Lady of Solitude Imagery

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Five (5) Mexican folk art ex-voto retablo paintings on tin. All unframed with text in Spanish in the lower register. 1st item: Retable depicting a kneeling figure who holds a candle and looks upwards at the Virgin Mary, depicted as Our Lady of Solitude with iconographic markers, including crown (faintly visible), blue cape, and the cloud atop which she stands. 4 1/4" H x 6" W. 2nd item: A painting depicting five men, one of whom holds a burning candle and kneels in prayer before Our Lady of Solitude. Two soldiers ride on horseback and two farmers walk along beside them. 6" H x 8" W. 3rd item: A scene in which two kneeling men flank a kneeling woman in black, likely a widow, while one holds a candle with Our Lady of Solitude appearing before them. Behind the figures a train rushes forward, its black smoke trailing into a distant landscape. 7" H x 10" W. 4th item: A painting of a domestic space with eight figures, including Our Lady of Solitude. Several figures kneel in prayer while others attend to a person in a bed who is presumably ill. 10 1/4" H x 7" W. 5th item: A three-paneled painting in the first panel of which a group of men surround a child whom one holds in the air by its feet. In the second panel a family group with candles kneels before Our Lady of Solitude. In the third and largest panel a procession makes its way through a landscape with a church. Illegible text is faintly visible throughoutl. All five items likely early/middle 20th century.


1st item: Good condition with minute scratches and a half-circle indention to the tin, likely original, in the lower right. 2nd item: Very good condition with minute scratches. 3rd item: Fairly good condition with paint loss throughout, most noticeably on one of the kneeling figures, in the upper left corner, and on the sculptural element beneath the Virgin Mary. 4th item: Significant loss to paint throughout the image. 5th item: Some staining and residue throughout the image although most paint is intact, aside from along the lower edge. Linework in pencil may be a later addition.

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