Lot 1197: Medieval Carved Ripon Cathedral Figure
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 15th century AD. A carved wooden architectural figure of a saint(?) or dignitary in loose robes, with neat beard and styled hair, right hand clasped to the chest; later suspension loop to the reverse with old collector's paper inked label stating 'Mediaeval Figure / Ripon Cathedral / 15th century'. 1.1 kg, 35.5cm (14"). Property of a Kent collector; by inheritance 1970; formerly property of Jack Smith, antiquarian and collector of Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, UK, acquired 1920s-1960s. There has been a church on the site of Ripon Cathedral since at least the 7th century AD; the present structure is mainly medieval and was largely completed by the late 15th century but the tower remained incomplete in 1547 when, under Edward VI, the college of canons was dissolved; the minster church was designated as a cathedral for the new diocese of Ripon in 1836, the first since the period of the Reformation. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Good condition, left arm absent, some old worm holes, light wear to face and lower body.