In This Listing I am Delighted to Offer You a Malines (Flemish) Alabaster Sculptural Relief Plaque . Devotional And Religious Plaques Similar to This Example, Originating in The Flemish Municipality of Malines (Mechelen), Were Enormously Popular From The 16th Century Through to The 17th Century Throughout Europe. The Present Example of a New Testament Subject Depicts a Particularly Warm And Maternal Scene That is Almost Certainly Based on an Earlier Print And in Turn Based on a Painting of Which I am Yet to Identify. This Tender Image Portrays The Central Figure of The Infant John The Baptist With His Mother Saint Elizabeth (Left) And The Virgin Mary (Right). The Central Background Illustrates a Robust Orchid Tree Flanked Either Side With an Architectural Freize. The Raised And Slightly Incline Base is Initialled IVH. This Mark is Recorded as That Used by Jacob Verhulst Who Was Active In Malines During The Early 17th Century. This Beautiful Plaque Retains Subtle Traces of Gilt And Pigment That Contribute to The Warm Patina. The Relief Carving is Housed in It's Original Gilt Frame And really is The Perfect Package Making it an Ideal Gift for Both Devotional or Collecting Purposes. The Condition of This Plaque is Extremely Good, With Age Considered. There Appears To Have Been a Small Minor Loss to The Top Left Corner And There Are Some Separations That Remain Stable to The Overall Alabaster Image. This Type of Wear is a Common Theme Amongst Plaques of This Type. A Very Beautiful Example Ready For Immediate Display.
Age: First Quarter 17th Century Circa 1620
Plaque: 9 cm x 11.6 cm
Frame: 18.7 cm x 21.8 cm
Artist or Workshop: Jacob Verhulst
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Antique Circa 1620 Malines (Flemish) Alabaster Sculpture