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Arched panel

Arched panel

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1599 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved oak

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles and Lady Allom in memory of their son, Lieutenant Cedric Allom RFA

  • Museum number:

    W.373-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This wide panel may originally have formed part of a chimneypiece. It is one of several hundred carvings given to the Museum in 1921 by Sir Charles Allom and his wife, in memory of their son, who died in the First World War. From 1893 Sir Charles headed White Allom & Co., one of the most successful firms of architectural decorators in Britain, specializing in the copying of historic styles. Between 1900 and 1914 he also began to work for clients in the United States and after the First World War he spent time in both countries. The collection of carvings seems to have been put together as a study collection for his son, perhaps in the expectation that he would follow in his father's footsteps and take over the firm.

Physical description

Arched panel of oak, possibly from a chimneypiece, carved with scrolling foliage ending in grotesque heads at either side, and in the centre with long-necked birds holding serpents in their beaks and flanking a winged, naked female figure. On the scrolls to either side of the birds sit naked, but helmeted, men, holding out banderoles towards the serpents. A groove has been cut along the top edge.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)

Date

1500-1599 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved oak

Dimensions

Height: 42.25 in, Width: 95 in

Object history note

RF 21/8276

Historical context note

Comparable woodwork:
V&A Beckingham Hall panelling, W.33-1912

Descriptive line

Arched panel of oak, possibly from a chimneypiece, carved with scrolling foliage ending in grotesque heads at either side, and in the centre with long-necked birds holding serpents in their beaks and flanking a winged, naked female figure. On the scrolls to either side of the birds sit naked, but helmeted, men, holding out banderoles towards the serpents. Flemish, 1500-1600

Materials

Oak

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Woodwork; Renaissance (French)

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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