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Lectern in the Form of an Eagle

Attributed to Jehan Aert van Tricht (Netherlandish, active Maastricht 1492–1501)

Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Made in Maastricht, the Netherlands
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
Overall: 79 1/2 x 42 1/2 in. (201.9 x 108 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Brass
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1968
Accession Number:
68.8
  • Description

    Atop this large lectern, which was used for reading from the Gospels, is an impressive eagle, symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, perched with a dragon beneath its talon. A complex object assembled from many separately cast parts, the lectern is supported by three lion feet and embellished with figures of the Magi, Christ, Saint Peter, Saint Barbara, and Old Testament prophets. In the nineteenth century, John Talbot, sixteenth earl of Shrewsbury, donated the lectern to the cathedral of Saint Chad in Birmingham, England, designed by the renowned Gothic revival architect A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852). The figures of Saint Barbara and the first Magus are nineteenth-century replacements, dating from the time of Pugin's involvement with the lectern.

  • Provenance

    From the church of Saint Peter, Louvain; [ Mr. Hull , London (sold 1834 or 1835) or] ; Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin British, London 1812–1852 Ramsgate , England (1834 or 1845) ; John, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury , England (in 1834 or 1835) ; Cathedral of St. Chad, Birmingham (1841-1851) ; St. Mary's College, Oscott (at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, 1851

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