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naam:_ : Liz Falk
onderwerp:_ : ?
Bericht : Hello -
I am researching the history of my church (St. Rose of Lima Church in
Lima, New York, USA). The church is lined with 10 beautiful, larger
than life-sized, statues of saints. The statues were purchased about
1898, and are attributed to come from Roermond.
I am interested
in any information that you may have on the company that may have created
these works of art.
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Woensdag 20 maart
Op onze vraag hoe men wist dat deze beelden uit Roermond kwamen, kregen
What I have telling me that the statues are from Roermond is a write
up by the parish priest dated December 1898. While there is no author
listed on it, It is attributed to a Father FitzSimons who was the parish
priest at the time. The following are excerpts from the text.
The design of the architect has certainly been improved upon in the
pilasters and Corinthian caps which relieve the sanctuary. It is almost
as certain that it has been improved upon in the decorations of statuary
which relieve the walls of the church. Whether such an idea ever entered
into the mind of the architect who drew up the plans for decoration
or not, certain that no decoration could be more appropriate and conducive
to devotion while at the same time nothing could give a more magnificent
relief to the plain wall lines than the beautiful statues in their finely
carved balachines. The effect, both aesthetic and devotional, is excellent.
When all the statues are in place, this effect will be greatly enhanced.
At first it was the intention to have only ten statues in all, but so
great was the demand that we were obliged to add two more to the original
number, and the demand still continuing, the gallery has also been brought
into requisition, which will give room for two more; and yet all who
wish to donate cannot be accomodated."
(the next paragraph details who donated the statues, and who the statues
where donated in the name of)
"Beautiful statues of St. Michael and the Guardian Angel arrived
in due time but proved to be too large for the balachines which are
uniform in size. They are consequently returned to the manufacturers.
The statue of St. Stanislaus also arrived and was put in place for the
Jubilee celebration, but as it was partially damaged in transportation,
it was returned to the manufacturers alo, and a new one ordered in its
place. The statues are manufactured in Roermond, Holland; and consequently
it takes about three months from the date of order to get them in place.
They are all models of elegance both in design and finish, and elicit
the admiration of all who see them. The donors are entitled to great
credit for these rich and handsome gifts to St. Rose's Church. Later,
in all probability, be appropriate groups of statuary placed on either
side of the sanctuary, and then the interior will be complete."
Er is een vermoeden
dat de beelden zijn overgeschilderd.
lady told me that one of the "old-timers" told her the statues
colored brightly -- similiarly to the statue I've attached to this email.
By the way - what
I know about THIS statue of the Sacred Heart is that it
was purchased in 1886 from "the celebrated Froc-Freres of Paris,
their agents, Benziger Bros, New York."
So many mysteries!!!
If only the walls could talk!
Progress here is slow. The diocesan archivist is going to come to St.
Rose for Mass on Sunday. He wants to look at the statues to refresh
memory. He is 81 years old.
The archivist hasn't found anything on St. Rose specifically yet, but
did find a letter from the Stoltzenberg & Company to Bishop McQuaid
Bishop in Rochester at that time). This letter is dated 1887. I do not
that that is the correct time for St. Rose. However, I do know that
Bishop had a favorite architect who did most of his churches. I wonder
the architect had a favorite supplier of church ornaments?
It is interesting - the letter head says:
Stoltzenberg & Co.
Importers and Manufacturers of Church Ornaments, Vestments, Statues
Altars and Church Furniture of Every Description Sole Agents of F. Nicolas'
Art Stained Glass
51 & 50 Barclay Street
PO Box 1879 New York
I guess I need to find more information on either Bishop McQuaid or
architect (his name was Warner)...
It is a mystery!