Alabaster low-relief panel, Early 17th Century

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Alabaster low-relief panel representing the Last Supper.
Within its oak frame of origin ornated with roundels.
Gilt traces.
Mechelen, Belgium, Early 17th Century.

Cracks and wear.

Guy Bes de Berc : "Sculptures d'albâtres de Malines" (Alabaster Sculptures from Lechelen), self-published, 56450 Saint Armel, 2003. Page 128, a similar Last Supper is in the Louvre collections.

This period spanning around 75 years was dedicated to the production of devotional small low-relief panels in Mechelen, Low Countries beginning in the 1550s. Carved by “cleynsteker” in alabaster, a material easy to sculpt with, they were then refined and enhanced with gilt by “stoffeerder”. There were about fifty workshops that produced these devotional works in which the subject was mainly the New Testament.

Provenance : Mechelen, Low Countries

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