January 15, 2015


Pair of Tracery Panels

Stock No 2475

Two English Oak Open Tracery Panels, circa 1470, probably West Country, Devon, and possibly from a Rood or Chancel Screen.  They have typical “flamboyant” tracery design mimicking the pointed top of a Church window with spandrels to either side, designed with cusped “dagger” motifs.  The sectional construction, and the decoration within the arch is very close in comparison with that used in the Devon Screen doors and panels illustrated on Page 78, Plate 19, of English Medieval Furniture and Woodwork, by Charles Tracy, (V & A Museum 1988).

What marks them out is the superb heads on either side of one of them.  They depict men, one with a Pomegranate coming out of his mouth, the other set within a leaf and looking downwards.  The expressive quality of these two heads creates a powerful presence that is quite simply remarkable.  They are finished to the front and back as they would have been seen from both sides.  The reverse of the heads have very well carved leaf and bud motifs.  They have had some breaks and subsequent repairs, including later side framing strips, and there are also significant traces of original polychrome colours.

Dimensions:  Height 45 centimetres, Width, including side framing 73.5 centimetres

Price:  £3,450