Antique Religious Statue of Saint Theresa Of The Roses, Antique Plaster Figure by Chamayou of Toulouse, France, Circa 1925
This beautiful statuette of Saint Theresa Of The Roses was made by the master craftsman Chamayou of Toulouse in the south west of France. It is wonderfully fashioned and the colours are exquisite. It was designed to stand in an alcove and came from a large chateau not far from Toulouse.
There are very few times that I like the bureaucracy in France but this is one of them. There is a government archive that lists all the items of cultural merit that exist in any public building in France and on that list is a statue of Saint Bernadette by Chamayou that stands in the ancient church at Saint Etienne and a statue of Saint Peter in the church of Saint Peter in Puy-de-Dôme.
As with the Atelier Saint Joseph at Liseux all the items made by Chamayou were commissioned for churches, cathedrals and the like so they almost never appear on the market, which makes this a very rare find.
I would like to thank The Little Flower Society who can be contacted at www.littleflower.org for this extract from their website.
St. Therese loved nature, and often used the imagery of nature to explain how the Divine Presence is everywhere, and how everything is connected in God's loving care and arms. Therese saw herself as "the Little Flower of Jesus" because she was just like the simple wild flowers in forests and fields, unnoticed by the greater population, yet growing and giving glory to God. Therese did not see herself as a brilliant rose or an elegant lily, by simply as a small wild flower. This is how she understood herself before the Lord - simple and hidden, but blooming where God had planted her.
This is the reason that wherever you see an image of Saint Therese she is either carrying roses or has roses at her feet and this clearly separates her images from those of The Virgin Mary. The base of this lovely bust is inscribed 'Au Ciel Tu Les Verras Eclore' which means ' In heaven you will see them'.
A gorgeous piece of Christian art.
The base measures 9 cm by 6 cm and the statue stands 12.5 cm tall