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Oak door, carved with two interlacing thistle plants issuing from the mouths of two dragons, and with linen ornament.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Object history note
Bought for £80 'Slightly wormeaten and split.'
Oak door, carved with two interlacing thistle plants issuing from the mouths of two dragons and with linen ornament. French, early 16th century.
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
ROWE, Eleanor (ed.), French Wood Carvings from the National Museums
First Series - Late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries (London, 1896), pl. XII
“PLATE XII is a Gothic door, admirable in execution and proportion. The framework is entirely modern. The linenfold panels are excellent, and there is much to admire in the design and treatment of the top panel, although the start of the ornament from the beasts’ mouth is not happy. The foliage is well distributed over the ground, and well united with the margin, which slopes, as before described, into the ground, but there is a want of grace and vigour in the carving, which is not so observable in the Plate as in the object itself. The carving is half an inch in relief. The hollow and V groove are worked out of the framing.”
Dragons; Beasts; Thistles
Woodwork; Architectural fittings
Furniture and Woodwork Collection