Sir Raffles Art and History Antique Carved Virgin Mary Santos
Sir Raffles Art and History specializes in vintage santos and ethnographic carvings. This listing showcases the antique carved Virgin Mary and Mother Mary santos in his Etsy shop. Charles Mandel has collected antiques and hand made carvings for many years and has much more available than what is listed, so don’t hesitate to contact him for more info on what he has.
Prices range between $190 – $2,100 depending on condition and provenance.
Click on the Visit Shop button to head on over to his shop on Etsy.
I’ve been collecting tribal art and ethnographic carvings for years. Recently, my interest focused in on antique and vintage Santos from the Spanish Colonial diaspora, especially the Philippines. I thought Etsy would be a good place to share some of this collection and have been pleased with the connections that I have made so far.
This is my motto:
“Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting Santos figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued.”
My primary business has to do with vintage baseball history. I’ve come up with a an art form that was inspired by the baseball cards of my youth. I’ve created my own series and have found quite the following for them on eBay. Learn more on my website.
With both the vintage carvings and the baseball cards, I am drawn to the human touch, to the wear and tear of handling and use. Objects and humans rubbing off on each other….