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The Adoration of the shepherds, stained glass panel, German or Netherlandish, reputed to be from Cologne, 17th century, After Marten de Vos

Clear glass with brown and grey paint with yellow stain, pale blue enamel with red or carmine

Height: 275mm, approximate
Width: 173mm, approximate

Museum number: SG90

Curatorial note

The setting for this Adoration scene is a Roman arch with pilasters and columns. The composition is after Marten de Vos in an engraving by Jan Baptist Collaert inscribed M. de Vos inuent. Iaon Collaert sculp. The roundel is in the same orientation with respect to the print when viewed from outside the Monk's Parlour although the scene has been slightly cropped left and right.

The roundel is surrounded by a scrolled border and a border of blue glass. This elaborate scrolled setting with fruit, flowers and strap-work has at top and bottom a bearded head and is terminated at the corners by four satyrs, each with a bird on his outstretched hand. A heron with an eel in its beak stands on each side. This setting is similar to Dutch versions of the period which were very influential in the lower Rhineland.

Literature

F. W. H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmusem, 1949– XLIV, 278
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p.p 224-225


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