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Altar frontal

Altar frontal

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, made)
    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1681 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed and gilded leather

  • Museum number:

    W.52-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embossed gilt leather altar frontal consisting of three panels and borders all-around and between the panels. The centre panel has a medallion with the Mother and Child, and an inscription, both side panels have a pattern of floral scrollwork with in the centre a coat of arms above an eagle and a human face. The top- and bottom-borders are decorated with tassels alternating with lappets, each painted with floral devices. The borders on both sides and between the panels contain floral scrollwork. Painted in various reds, pink, green and white on a green/pale blue ground. The embossment is very light.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, made)
Germany (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1681 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embossed and gilded leather

Marks and inscriptions

'16 O. DU WUNDERBARLICHE MUETER GOT(T) BIT UNS. 81'
Marks language: German.
Marks translation: Thou wondrous mother of god, pray for us. 1681
Marks location: Centre panel

Dimensions

Height: 98 cm total, Width: 181 cm total, Height: 70 cm panel, Width: 60 cm panel, Height: 70 cm side-border, Width: 10 cm side-border, Height: 13 cm top-, bottom-border, Width: 69.5 cm top-, bottom-border

Object history note

This altar frontal has been analysed as part of the gilt leather cataloguing project in 1996. Eloy Koldeweij, October 1996

See also: A Technical investigation into the methods and materials used for gilt leather manufacture from the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum (unpublished report, c.1996, held by the FTF Dept.), item 7
Report prepared by Christopher Calnan, Adviser on Conservation of Organic Materials at the National Trust, London.
Examination of decorative surface carried out by Catherine Hassell, University College, London
Examination of vegetable tannins carried out by Jan Wouters, KIK, Brussels.

Descriptive line

Embossed gilt leather altar frontal consisting of three panels and borders all-around and between the panels. The centre panel has a medallion with the Mother and Child, and an inscription, both side panels have a pattern of floral scrollwork with a coat of arms in the centre, Italy or Germany, ca. 1681.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John W. Waterer, Spanish Leather, London 1971, pages 58-59, 70, plate 24.

Materials

Leather

Techniques

Embossing; Gilding

Categories

Interiors; Leather; Religion

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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