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    Sale 5355

    Christie's Interiors - Oak Edition

    20 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 229

    AN ENGLISH OAK MISERICORD

    FIRST HALF 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    AN ENGLISH OAK MISERICORD
    FIRST HALF 15TH CENTURY
    Depicting a figure harvesting grapes in deep relief below a curved seat and conencted by tendrils to two squatting figures
    11 x 24 in. (28 x 61 cm.)


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    In Britain most misericords are pre-Reformation. The oldest set, at Exeter cathedral, dates back to the 14th century. The oldest individual seat, at Ripon Minster, is 13th century. Many are still remarkably well preserved, perhaps in part because of their concealed location. They represent a unique survival and treasure house of medieval art and craftsmanship.
    The subjects chosen for misericord carvings are wide ranging and vigorous. A few are carved only with abstract foliate designs but most portray men and women, birds and beasts in great variety.

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