Probably the finest and most beautifully carved Romayne panel to appear on the market in a generation.
This wonderful piece dates from the period of Henry VIII and depicts an exuberant scene of a courtship and wedding and both characters can be seen with purses representing the dowry that will be presented. Presumably from a piece af furniture commissioned for the wedding this is an extremely unusual scene for such an early carving and is charmingly conceived with the couple spiritedly dancing together.
Romayne panels are so called as they show the Roman influence of the burgeoning Rennaissance in Northern Europe in the sixteenth century and often depict non-religeous characters in Italianate architectural settings, as with the present example. The present example displays the influence of Northern French carving particularly in the arcading surrounding the couple although at first glance the timber used would appear to be English. The panel could have been produced in Northern France, possibly Normandy or may have been carved by an itinerant worker in England, most likely in the West Country.
Northern French or English c.1540
Height: 21 1/4 ins
Width: 12 1/2 ins
Stock Number: 090-101
Michael Pashby Antiques deals in fine quality English Antiques and Decorative Arts, items that combine rarity, beautiful design, excellent craftsmanship and ingenuity. I specialize in works from the mid 17th century to the late 19th century and always have in stock good pieces of Georgian…