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Figure of an angel - Figure of an angel

Figure of an angel

  • Object:

    Figure of an angel

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, with champlevé enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:

    M.41-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This casting is of a kneeling figure of an angel with tightly curled hair, holding a shield rather awkwardly in both hands. The shield is triangular with a chamfered edge retaining traces of gilding, enamelled with a coat of arms and hollowed out at the back. It is possible that this figure was once part of a church chandelier.

Physical description

Kneeling figure of an angel with tightly curled hair, holding awkwardly in both hands a shield. The shield is triangular with a chamfered edge retaining traces of gilding, enamelled with the arms; Gules a castle Gold, and hollowed out at the back.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)

Date

late 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, with champlevé enamel

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm Top of head to base; maximum, Width: 6.6 cm Across arms; maximum, Depth: 8.5 cm front to back, across hands to feet (maximum)

Object history note

Historical significance: This is a very curious piece. The position of the hands holding the shield is awkward and the presence of gilding, heavily worn on the sides of the shield which would be protected somewhat in its present position points to this being from an earlier piece. This is borne out by the style of the shield, the outline being closest to 13th century examples such as the tiles in the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey and the drawing of the castle is also consistent with this.
The arms are those of Castille and must date from the 13th century, probably an allusion to the marriage of Louis VIII to Blanche of Castille.

Descriptive line

Probably from a chandelier, copper alloy, Flemish, 1475-1500, the enamelled shield partly gilded and probably a later fake.

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Champlevé

Subjects depicted

Shield; Coats of arms; Angel

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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