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Panel - Nativity Scene, Plaster of Paris, Europe, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: HT 22543

Finely moulded cast plaster nativity scene, set behind convex glass, within a frame of imitation walnut, of probable European origins, possibly German or Austrian, circa 1880.

This intricately cast and carved plaster panel in high relief, depicts the birth of Christ, is an excellent example of the craftsmanship involved in this medium. The rich, deep folds of the figures' drapery and the skillful illusion of depth created in the scene clearly illustrate the artist's talents.

Framed in wood with convex glass, such religious panels would have been sold as decorative wall hangings. Similar examples of this particular plaster scene are known, suggesting that it was produced as a cast from an original, hard-carved mould.
Oval, relief moulded panel of the nativity. Surrounded by gold border and painted gesso frame (to look like wood grain). Paper affixed to back. No obvious markings.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr Will Twycross, 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 368 mm (Height), 465 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, royal exhibition building, religious artifacts, plaster of paris
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, John Twycross Melbourne International Exhibitions Collection
Secondary Classification: International Exhibitions
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Place & Date Made: Europe, circa 1880
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Collector: Mr John Twycross, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, 1881


david cartmell Posted on 21 Dec 2012 10:32 PM
I have an identicle plaque to this exhibit but the glass is missing. On the back it is signed "Louis" which could indicate a French conection.
Hope this is a help.

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