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Vintage St. Therese Statue Little Flower Chalkware Depositato Italy

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Catholic Chalkware statue of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as the little flower of Jesus is depicted clutching a crucifix and spray of roses to her chest. Made of plaster in Italy by Depositato, popular in the 40s-60's. beautiful hand painted features.

Rather large this lovely piece stands 12 inches high on a 3 1/4 inch wide pedestal. She is in nice shabby condition, minor flakiness, most notably to her nose. She has the Depositato sticker on the base.

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux, known for her works through her writings in "Story of a Soul", a collection of her autobiographical manuscripts which speaks of her spiritual journey. She was a French Carmelite nun entering the order at the age of 15. In 1987 she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. During the reign of Pope Pius XI she was beatified in 1923, and canonized in 1925, making her the most popular saint of the 20th century. She is a patron saint of missions and of France along with Joan of Arc. Because she suffered with Tuberculosis she has become a patron saint to those suffering from illnesses particularly lung conditions.

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About Chalkware.
Chalkware Began as a Form of Religious and Devotional Art in Italy. Chalkware has with time a tendency of the plaster as well as the paint to flake off. This is to be expected considering the delicate nature of the material. The collector knows that pieces may have broken parts, chipped and flaking paint, and darkened spots and in this case shabbiness does not detract from the value of a piece. It is also very difficult to determine the age of a piece.

Vintage St. Therese Statue Little Flower Chalkware Depositato Italy

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: chalkware, st therese
  • Feedback: 147 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Connecticut, United States.
  • 97 people favorited this item