SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921
SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921
SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921
SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921
SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921
SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921
SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921

SOLD Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921

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Saint Therese Of Liseux, Very Rare Bronzed Spelter Statue By Ateliers St. Joseph 1921

A beautiful statue of Saint Therese made by Ateliers Saint Joseph De Lisieux around 1921. The original statue was made by Brother Marie-Bernard, a Trappist monk who created the most famous likenesses of Saint Therese which adorn the great churches and cathedrals of France. The workshop was set up by the nuns at Lisieux to ensure the quality and authenticity of the images, statues and other items that commemorated the life of the little saint.

The vast majority of the statues produced there went to churches and cathedrals and, therefore, almost never come onto the market so this is a very rare piece indeed. At the rear of the base is the bronze stamp of the atelier confirming it is an original piece.

I have seen one other copy and it was on sale on Ebay France for 599 euros.

In really good condition with a lovely patina of age this statue measures 12 cm tall is 4 cm wide and 6 cm long.

Saint Therese of Liseux was born in France in 1873. She died in the convent at Liseux in 1897 of tuberculosis at just 24 years of age.

In her journal Therese wrote:

" I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by. Instead of being discouraged, I told myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new.

" We live in an age of inventions. We need no longer climb laboriously up flights of stairs; in well-to-do houses there are lifts. And I was determined to find a lift to carry me to Jesus, for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection. So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: "Whosoever is a little one, come to me." It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up: I must stay little and become less and less."

Therese understood that being holy did not require great deeds. Her 'little way' of loving God and doing something small each day inspired millions and set her on the path to sainthood.