A 15th century English Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Deposition

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A 15th century English Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Deposition

Sold for £ 2,625 (US$ 3,611) inc. premium
A 15th century English Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Deposition
the fragmentary relief depicting Christ supported by Saint John and the Virgin beside, with two further figures to the right side, with traces of original polychrome and gilding, later mounted on a perspex stand, 33cm high x 25cm wide (12.5" x 9.5")

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.
    English Medieval Alabasters, F. Cheetham, Oxford, 1984, no.174.
    Masterpieces of Medieval Art, James Robinson, The British Museum Press, 2008, page 154-155.
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