A 15th century Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Coronation of the Virgin
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A 15th century Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Coronation of the Virgin
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Lot Details
A 15th century Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Coronation of the Virgin
the enthroned Virgin crowned by God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, with a pair of winged angels at her feet, with traces of original polychrome, later mounted on a wooden board covered in green silk, 43.5cm high, 27.5cm wide (17" high, 10.5" wide)

Footnotes

  • Many of the alabaster workshops were based in the Chellason Hill area of Derbyshire and the Tetbury area of Staffordshire, where alabaster was quarried from 1160 onwards. The alabaster excavated became famous for its characteristically creamy and milky texture, which made it easier to carve and to paint than other materials. It became popular in the use of tomb carving, although unsuitable for any outdoor works, and was transported by water and road across England to various sculpture centres and even internationally as far north as Iceland and as far south as Spain. It was particularly favoured in Nottingham, which became the major centre of alabaster production in Europe.

    Related literature:
    Musees royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Exposition de Sculptures anglaises et malinoises d'Albatre, Gh. Derveaux-Van Ussel, Bruxelles, 1967.
    F. Cheetham, English Medieval Alabasters, Oxford 1984, no. 138. for a similar piece.
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