• Hearts of Oak auction at Christies

    Sale 5982

    Hearts of Oak

    2 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 4

    A CARVED OAK FINIAL

    PROBABLY ENGLISH, LATE 16TH CENTURY

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    A CARVED OAK FINIAL
    PROBABLY ENGLISH, LATE 16TH CENTURY
    Of crozier form, carved in deep relief with flowering scrolls and beading
    20½ in. (52 cm.) high
    Together with a pair of oak heraldic cadency panels, 17th Century, carved with a decrescent moon and a molet motif in cartouches - 14¾ x 7¾ in. (37 x 19.6 cm.) (3)


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    The unusual crozier head finial might have been carved to lay over the tomb of a Bishop or else carried as a staff finial in a religious procession. The fact that one side is not carved suggests the former hypothesis is likely. The cadency panels refer to the second and third sons in heraldic order.

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