19th c. carved limestone sculptures of angels carefully removed and preserved from the altar of the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich, London, England. The church is located close to the Cutty Sark sailing ship on the river Thames and the National Maritime Museum.
The two carvings were removed as part of a major renovation and altar reordering project in 1986. The angels were removed from the altar reredos to allow the existing stone altar to be refurbished and turned to face into the body of the church and the congregation gathered. This reordering was ruled by the Vatican as part of the last Vatican Council.
The angels are finely carved in Caan limestone. It is estimated that they were carved in Normandy, France in 1870-1880. The limestone is very fine grain and light cream in color. The angels are "handed" and work well as a pair together or a few feet apart, as on either side of a doorway. The angels are a fine example of high Victorian ecclesiastical sculpture, showing a very delicate touch by the carver of these fine pieces.
Cracks, chips, losses and some repair, but present well. Dimensions of each: 53.5"H x 22"W x 13"D.
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