French Saint Anthony
This statue of Saint Anthony carrying the Christ Child is 9 inches tall. Though the statue was purchased at a market near Marseilles, France, there is no marking to indicate that it is French in origin.
It is made of chalkware and is likely from the early to mid 1900s. It has beautifully muted colors with some chipping.
Saint Anthony (1195-1231) is one of the most beloved saints and is often depicted carrying the Christ Child, as with this statue. A Franciscan friar and priest, Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal, into a wealthy family, took his vows of poverty to become a Franciscan and loyal friend of St. Francis himself, and died in Padua, Italy.
People often pray to Saint Anthony when trying to locate lost items.