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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved walnut

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles Allom

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Carved panels were used to decorate both fixed woodwork (such as panelled walls or fireplaces), and portable furniture (such as chests or cupboards). Most individual panels are single-sided, but this one is double-sided, with (incomplete) carved ornament on one side, and linenfold on the other, suggesting that it may have been part of a screen that was seen from both sides. All over northern Europe in the first half of the 16th century, woodwork was decorated with a variety of renaissance ornament, such as the candelabrum, scrolling leaves or cherub's head on this panel. It seems to have been common within a room or on a single piece of furniture for carved renaissance ornament to be combined with more traditional, linenfold designs.

Physical description

Panel of walnut, carved on one side with linenfold, and carved on the other in high relief with a candelabrum (offset) with male grotesque figure below a cherub head, and flanked by scrolling foliage with a sphinx.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1500-1540 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved walnut


Height: 52 cm, Width: 32.7 cm, Thickness: 3.5 cm approx.

Object history note

Given by Sir Charles Allom 'part of the ornament chipped' RP 33/4024, where the comparison is offered: Musée des Arts Decoratifs: Le Bois, by Louis Metman et Garton Brière (Paris), pl. XXXI, where four panels similar in style are illustrated. They are described as 'Franco-Italian' in style.

Descriptive line

French ?, 1500-1525, walnut, centaur, cherub heads and linenfold





Subjects depicted

Cherub heads; Candelabras


Woodwork; Renaissance (French)


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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