Unknown, production, France, Avignon
circa 1150 circa 1200
second half of the 12th century
Capital of a column, marble, the sides carved with a man seated on a throne playing the harp, probably the psalmist, David, with an eagle above and to the right of him, a woman riding a horse, possibly the Virgin Mary, and another woman leading the horse with her right hand and holding an eagle on her left. Round the upper edge there is a row of drilled beading with below, foliated scrolls flanking the figures.
drilled; upper border
white marble; whole
marble, carved and drilled
height, whole, 29.8, cm
bequeathed; 1964; Smith, Arnold John Hugh
Probably from the Romanesque cloister of Notre-Dame-des-Doms, Avignon, which was destroyed during the French Revolution. The remaining fragments were dispersed in 1822.
Bequeathed by Arnold John Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund.
Exhibition of French Art 1200-1900. 1932-01 - 1932-03
Organiser: Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, London
Catalogue number: 1000
, National Art-Collections Fund1965. National Art-Collections Fund Sixty-first Annual Report 1964.London: p. p. 16
Publ. p. 16, no. 2155, A.J. Hugh Smith Bequest
, The Fitzwilliam Museum1965. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Annual Report for the Year ending 31 December 1964.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
Publ. Illustrated plate III, top right
Taylor, M. R.. Georges-Bloch-Jahrbuch des Kunstgeschichtlichen Seminars der Universität Zürich.p. p. 539
Publ. stated as from Toulouse, Languedoc by M.R. Taylor, p. 539
1933. Commemmorative Catalogue of the Exhibition of French Art 1200-1900.Oxford: p. p. 210
Publ. cat. no. 1000, p. 210
Borg, Alan. A Further Note on a Marble Capital in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Source Title: Burlington Magazine CX (June-1968) : pp. 312-6
p. pp. 312-6
Publ. stated as from Notre-Dame-des-Dome, Avignon, with two similar in Musée Granet, Aix, pp. 312-6
Object Number: M.1-1964
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