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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Late medieval roof carving depicting a royal saint (likely Edward the Confessor). English, probably Suffolk or Norfolk, Pine. CIRCA 1480."
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The brace is composed of yellow pine, not oak. Pine, imported from Scandinavia and the Baltic, was a actually a common as building timber for English medieval roof carpentry. Its use allowed for the creation of structures that would have collapsed under their own weight if made of denser oak. In this instance, use of pine facilitated the elaboration of a simple, wing-shaped brace into a brace work of sculpture
Although a few traces of earlier polychrome remain, the current paint scheme is consistent with that applied to the interior woodwork of many churches by the Late Victorians, indicating that the brace remained in situ until at least the late 19th or early 20th centuries
- For more on pine as an English medieval building timber, see L. F. Salzman, Building in England Down to 1540: A Documentary History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1952).
- For more on hammer-beam roofs, see Birkin Haward, Suffolk Medieval Church Roof Carvings: An Exploratory Photographic Survey with Notes (Ipswich: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 1999).PURCHASED FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION.
|Height||32.00 inch||(81.28 cm)|
|Width||13.00 inch||(33.02 cm)|
|Depth||25.00 inch||(63.50 cm)|
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