A pair of painted bloodstone octagonal panels, Italian, 17th Century.

One panel depicts The Flight into Egypt, the other, The Virgin and Child with St. Joseph. Each is in a finely wrought gilt-brass frame crested by a double bow and each is 12.5cm high. They were purchased by the 5th Earl and Countess whilst on one of the first of their four Grand Tours and the Burghley Inventory of 1688 records: “My Ladyes Closett…. 2 little peices painted upon bluod stones with guilt and wrought brasse frames (viz.) a Joseph & Mary, ye flight into Egypt by —–“.


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