A c.1837 Ecclesiastical Plaster Model of the Madonna & Child in Niche Pine Stand

Origin: English
Period: Early/Mid Nineteenth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: 1837
The Whole:
Height: 24 inches
Width: 9.5 inches
Depth: 7 inches

Impressed 1837 to the base and framed within a Gothic lancet shaped moulded niche stained pine frame, the plaster figures showing the Madonna and Child in standing position survives from a pre-Victorian period ecclesiastical setting.

The figure and stand are in fair to good condition. The plaster of the figures has chipping and losses in places whilst the niche frame has general wear expected and commensurate with age with wear to the stain and small areas of loss to the pine. The interior has a scarlet lining which is in tact but tatty.

In 1837 Britain, burglary, arson and "shooting at" cease to be capital crimes, King William IV, painter John Constable and clown Jospeh Grimaldi all die whilst Euston Station, London's first mainline railway terminus, is opened.

Over in the House of our Lord, before 1837, whatever their religious beliefs, most people were baptised, married and buried in the local Church of England parish church. Between 1754 and 1837, legislation made it illegal to marry anywhere but in a Church of England parish church. Exceptions were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and Jews who were exempt from this Act and permitted to keep their own records.

This piece is a religious bygone of a good size giving it real decorative punch from the year when the world, or should we say Britain, beckoned in its next goddess, as it were, Queen Victoria.