The Statue and Location
The lower chapel of Sainte-Chapelle is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and this lovely statue is located just outside the entrance and underneath an arched porch, the trumeau or pillar at the gate. The Coronation of Mary is represented on the tympanum (wall) just above the statue. The lower chapel was the parish church and also served the inhabitants of the household.
Depictions of the Christ Child playing in His mother's arms really took off during the middle ages. In the photos above, we see that the baby Jesus is holding a bouquet of flowers and playing with the veil or hair of His mother and possibly, he is looking for her ear- implying that she was always listened.
In one source "It is told that Jesus may have playfully hung flower jewels of ruby and amethyst colors on his mother’s ears."Perhaps Jesus is getting ready to do the same here and in that way cheer her up a little.
Some exterior and interior parts of the church are covered by scaffolding (2014), however, one can still view the tympanum scene from the Last Judgement which is also under a porch just outside the Upper Royal Chapel. There, Christ is seated center and surrounded by angels holding the instruments of His passion.
Sainte-Chapelle suffered damage during the French Revolution and many of the relics were destroyed. Those that remain were transferred to the treasury of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris and to the National Library.