SN 2872 English Medieval Boss
English Oak Boss depicting a bearded man set amongst foliage, circa 1400 – 1420. It is most probably a depiction of Christ, and retains a significant amount of its original colouring including a small residue of gold around the beard area. It was formerly in the collection of an “early Oak dealer” from Stamford named Ralph Cox. There is a label on the back with his name printed on it, and below is inscribed “Stamford”. In addition is written “St Botolph’s, Boston: early 15th century roof boss. East Anglia?”
The Boss was cleaned and conserved when a later over coat of paint was removed by the late Eddie Sinclair in 2007, and her report on this Boss is available together with a report on the paint analysis she commissioned from Catherine Hassall.
Dimensions: 11.4 centimetres square