By Francis Cheetham
From the overdue 1300s to the Reformation, alabaster carving was once an enormous task within the English Midlands, in a space concentrated on Nottingham. Altarpieces and panels have been produced for the house marketplace, but in addition for export; the sculptures have a particular type, dictated through the spiritual matters and via the cloth, and have been often painted and gilded. on the Reformation, such goods have been hidden or destroyed, and it's the survival of various continental examples, relatively in France, including the rest examples from England, that allows the historical past of alabaster carving to be documented. This ebook catalogues a few 2,400 carvings, with their place and released references, coupled with a Geographical Index. it's the fullest catalogue but compiled on those beautiful small-scale sculptures, incorporating a lot new info, quite with regards to the iconography of the carvings. The past due FRANCIS CHEETHAM used to be additionally the writer of English Medieval Alabasters, containing a list of the gathering within the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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Jaap Leeuwenberg, Catalogue 1973, no. 854 Unpublished St Hubert 44 × – Rostand 1928, 290, no. 5 × – Nelson 1925, 35, pl. IV, 2 3 Commune de la Manche, Normandy 87 × 33 Flavigny 1998, 127, cat. 67, illus. 8 Country Life, 30 Dec 1971, 1849, illus. 2 Cheetham 1984, 103, cat. 32, illus. 2 Cheetham 1984, 104, cat. 33, illus. 3 Victoria and Albert Museum, London 41 × 12 Cheetham 1984, 105, cat. 34, illus. v. 2 Cheetham 1984, 106, cat. 35, illus. 8 Cheetham 1984, 107, cat. 36, illus. v. 5 Bouillet 1901, 62 7 Sotheby’s, London, 17 July 1980 (48) 47 × – Sale Catalogue, no.
For example, the Ascension is included in the Life of Christ, but in the alabaster altarpieces the Ascension is usually included in the Life of the Virgin series. The number of different panels and images shown here is an updated revision of the short list published in Cheetham 1984 (55, 56) which it now supersedes. Figures in bold refer to the colour plates (roman numerals) and to the black and white plates for each section (arabic numerals). SAINTS St Agnes 1 Church of Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire Figure on side of tomb of Sir Walter Griffith (d.
V. – Hildburgh 1937a, 181, pl. XLVIII 6 Church of Abergavenny, Monmouth On side of tomb of Sir William ap-Thomas (c. 1450) – Nelson 1926, 37, pl. III 7 Church of Tong, Shropshire On side of tomb of Sir Richard Vernon (d. 1451) – Nelson 1926, 38, pl. V, no. 2 8 Musée des Antiquités, Rouen (from church of La Trinité, Anglesqueville, La Bras Long, Seine Maritime, Normandy) Feet missing. v. 5 Flavigny 1998, 84–6, 84 illus. 9 Museo de Santa Eulalia, Paredes de Nava, Palencia, Castilla-León, Spain – Franco Mata 1999, 188 75 × 20 Flavigny 1998, 104, cat.