Mexican Santos Figure 19th Century A1024


Designed to be dressed, nay, arrayed, for different festivals, it lives in a nether world, caught between the existence of an object of veneration and that of a doll's. Or a mannequin's. Weathered by use and stripped of its robes, it is revealed as half man and half scaffolding, its elbows enabled to bend from its stuffed ...

Alfonso Pasten Painted Table and 6 Chairs for Cafe La Especial 1950s F1368


A little scuffed up by the years but remarkably fresh for all that: the colors vivid and the imagery charming. Hand painted table and chairs by folk-painter Alfonso Pasten.  Pasten was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1921 and moved to Tijuana, Baja California at the age of 20.  Señor Pasten hand painted this furniture for the Brambila family's ...

Mexican 19th Century Retablo With Its Saint circa 1860 RARE M799


An utterly magical duo. Enchanting and powerful. The tiny saint is dressed and adorned with turquoise needs. A floral wreath seems to float above it. Completely otherworldly and yet also the comforting familiar of the household. A historic treasure in our eyes, a special window on a culture. Price on request.

Mexican Retablo: “Doroteo Hernandes” 1940s M741


Mexican retablo, unsigned, 1940s. Painting on tin, 14.5w x 12d. Legend etched into black band at bottom of painting, translated from the Spanish: "The wretched Doroteo Hernandes, who on asking help from a fellow worker, was assaulted by many bandits with the pretext of stealing his corn, and was beaten until mortally wounded, and seeing himself ...

Spanish Colonial Santo: Archangel A854


Judging by his martial aspect and the colors I would call this santo the Archangel Michael. Even missing his wings, his is a commanding presence. Price on request. Images of saints (santos) were known as bultos (sculptures) and retablos (paintings on wood). Local woods–aspen and cottonwood root for bultos and pine for retablos–were used; water-based paints were ...

Ocumicho Figure: Trio of Spotted Diablitos M681


Ocumicho diablitos, here in a trio, one orange, one brown, one black. This is work that is the glory of Michoacan, and comes from a collection LACMA turned down as a bequest because they worried their members would find the imagery too shocking. Late 1940s-early 1950s.  Mark on underside is the craftsperson's name: Catalina Martines. ...