Arts & Crafts Donatello terracotta angel plaque

Arts & Crafts Donatello terracotta angel plaque

Code: 10886


A beautiful early 20thC Arts & Crafts terracotta panel of one of the twelve angels (this one a musician) after the original bronze panels by Donatello. Nice heart detail to corners.

The original bronze panels date from around 1447-9 and were produced for the High Altar of the Basilica of St Anthony Cathedral of Padua, Italy.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London have a complete set of 12 plaster casts executed by Raphael Pinti circa 1870.

Also, we have since discovered that an identical panel (one of three) is above a George Walton fireplace at what used to be the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists, 5 Blythswood Square, Glasgow (see last two images).

Similar panels were also used in WAS Benson's own house, Windleshaw, which sold recently. 
You can see in the Sotheby's online brochure if you scroll through the images inthe link below:

WAS Benson's house Windleshaw

This panel has two incised signatures; one on the back; what looks like "TiDY 1913" and another "TiDY" on the front rebate border bottom left.

Currently housed in a new temporary frame structure which can be easily removed.

We now have a second variation panel to match!

Approx 20.5" by 7.5" by 2" depth (tbc)

Under further research.