A SMALL 'ANTIQUARIAN' COLLECTION OF ENGLISH OBJECTS, THE TRACERY 15TH CENTURY
comprising four carved oak fragments of tracery; a relief carved oak moulded roundel, probably a 'cheese print' with CR cypher and the royal arms, 17th century; a small stained glass heraldic fragment, 18th century, cracked; an English encaustic heraldic tile, 16th century, in pine frame, damaged
length of largest tracery fragment: 25.5cm. by 105.5cm.; 10in. by 3ft. 5½in. roundel: 45 by 41cm.; 1ft. 5¾in. by 1ft. 4in.
A decorative group.
largest tracery fragment: 105.5cm. by 25.5cm.
Three smaller tracey fragments each approx: 26.5cm. by 31.5cm
Tile: 14 by 14cm.
Stained glass: 6.5 by 7.5cm.
The roundel with worm and fragmenting. Evident in catalogue image.
Stained glass with crack.
The encaustic tile with losses (historic break) and fitted within a softwood box-frame from the 19th century.
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Probably assembled by Robert Martin Berkeley (1823-1897)
The tile with a label in manuscript 'Tile from the Hall of Crowle Court Manor House, vide masts [?] p.280 / The house was pulled down in 1863'.
The intriguing roundel that forms a part of this group relates to a 'Cheese Print' decorated with the Stuart arms, illustrated by Edward Pinto in his book Treen and Other Wooden Bygones (London, 1969, pl. 103). Pinto (op. cit. p.102) writes 'When pressing a cheese a heavy board, in early times known as a 'sinker', was fitted to the vat on top of the cheese [...] Cheese prints were formerly used on special occasions and one might be specially carved with the royal arms to commemorate a coronation or royal visit'.