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Saint Michael and the devil, stained glass panel, German, Rhineland, late 17th century

Clear glass with brown paint and yellow stain rim. Red and blue enamels

Height: 300mm
Width: 215mm

Museum number: SG77

Curatorial note

Saint Michael wears a helmet and a cuirass with a flared kilt and cloak. He holds a thunderbolt in his right hand and a chain in his left. He steps upon a prostrate devil in chains and a bird-faced dragon. Light rays burst from clouds surrounding the scene.

With its sophisticated drawing and modelling, the technique is similar to SG87, SG103, SG105, SG133 and SG135, which are German in origin. A replica is at St Mary's Shrewsbury (Salop.) as a roundel and also features a yellow-stain rim. A related earlier German panel of around 1600 with the same subject is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Popham gave a date of c.1600 although the enamels and similarities with the other members of the group noted above suggest a date towards the end of the seventeenth or early eighteenth century.

Literature

Bernard Rackham, A Guide to the Collections of Stained Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Department of Ceramics, 1936 C55-1919
William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993 2050
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p 210


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