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The tracery-carved, clamp-fronted, medieval chest at St Mary Magdalen Chrurch, Oxford in comparative North-West European perspective

Pickvance, Chris (2014) The tracery-carved, clamp-fronted, medieval chest at St Mary Magdalen Chrurch, Oxford in comparative North-West European perspective. Antiquaries Journal, 94 . pp. 153-171. ISSN 0003-5815. (doi:10.1017/S0003581514000237) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The St Mary Magdalen chest is striking because of its carved facade and has attracted the attention of historians over the last century. There has been debate about its age, culminating in the recent suggestion that it either dates to the fourteenth century or is a later copy. This paper makes a detailed study of all the elements of the chest, constructional and decorative, and compares them with features of related medieval chests in England and Continental north-western Europe. It concludes that the chest has gone through a major reconstruction involving replaced front stiles but that it shares at least four features with chests in north Germany and Sweden dating from around 1320–30 that are not found in English chests, suggesting that it is an imported chest or was made by craftsmen working in that tradition. Numerous areas for future research into the features of English and Continental medieval chests are identified.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0003581514000237
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 12:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59066 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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