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    Edgar G. Ulmer's 19th-Century Shadow Box Figures of St. Cecilia and St. John of the Cross. Ulmer treasured these 19th-Century figures of St. Cecilia, the 2nd Century martyr who became the patron saint of musicians and church music; and St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), the Spanish mystic priest who wrote Dark Night of the Soul. The figures were a gift to Ulmer from Bruchi, Ulmer's assistant and production manager on four films that Ulmer directed in Italy from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Housed in a 21" x 27" shadow box, the figures have terracotta heads and lower arms and legs, with hands and faces in polychrome gesso. St. Cecilia stands 22' tall, and wears a green cotton dress with gold trim; the head is detached (ironic, since St. Cecilia is believed to have survived three attempts at beheading by Roman persecutors). St. John stands 21.5" tall and wears a gold, thread-embroidered robe with cross on chest, and a lace-trimmed cape; this figure has lost a leg. The figures are in overall Fair to Good condition. The Ulmer family cherished these soulful-eyed figures and proudly displayed them for many years in their various homes. From the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation and Trust Corp. Accompanied by an LOA from Arianne Ulmer Cipes. Requires third party shipping.

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    "My father loved angels, figures of the saints, and baroque religious art," says Arianne Ulmer Cipes. "Although Jewish by birth, he grew up in Catholic Vienna." As such, Ulmer treasured these 19th-century figures of St. Cecilia, the 2nd century martyr who became the patron saint of musicians and church music, and St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), the Spanish mystic priest who wrote Dark Night of the Soul. The figures were a gift to Ulmer from Bruchi, Ulmer's assistant and production manager on four films that Ulmer directed in Italy from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Housed in a 21" x 27" shadow box, the figures have terracotta heads and lower arms and legs, with hands and faces in polychrome gesso. St. Cecilia stands 22' tall, and wears a green cotton dress with gold trim; the head is detached (ironic, since St. Cecilia is believed to have survived three attempts at beheading by Roman persecutors in her fervent desire to die receiving Holy Communion, and allegedly did so -- while singing). St. John stands 21.5" tall and wears a gold, thread-embroidered robe with cross on chest, and a lace-trimmed cape; this figure has lost a leg. Overall Fair to Good condition. The Ulmer family cherished these soulful-eyed figures and proudly displayed them for many years in their various homes. Striking items, both as 19th-century ecclesiastical art and as vivid evidence of Edgar G. Ulmer's personal fascinations. From the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation and Trust Corp.



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    November, 2010
    12th-14th Friday-Sunday
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