A Large Early 19thC Fragmentary Ecclesiastical Painted Pine Panel for The Ten Commandments

Origin: English
Period: George III
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1800-30
Height: 75”
Width: 21”
Depth: 1”

In entirely original condition, the unique church panel, in large form at over six feet high, and beautifully sign-written in gilt lettering to a black painted background, of unusual triangular form, and showing feint inscriptions of the ten commandments, the whole surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.

The whole is in good un-meddled condition, with the signwriting being beautifully worn and with a super dry texture. There are patches of heavier wear as photographed and it has not been overpainted or badly restored. The panel has had a split to the centre which has been reinforced from the reverse with a later baton. Obviously this is one half of two and the whole originally would have made a lozenge shape, within the Church building, though there are remnants of ivy to the back suggesting this was probably in an alcove partly outside.

The Ten Commandments are a list of religious precepts that, according to passages in Exodus and Deuteronomy, were divinely revealed to Moses by Yahweh and engraved on two stone tablets. They are also called the Decalogue.

In short form they read;

You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall make no idols.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Keep the Sabbath day holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.

A beautiful and haunting piece of ecclesiastical decorative.