Overdoor Decoration

Overdoor Decoration

c. 1675-1677

Grinling Gibbons

(British, 1648-1721)


Overall: 68.6 x 86.4 cm (27 x 34 in.)

Grace Rainey Rogers Fund 1943.663


This wood carving by Grinling Gibbons, England’s most famous master of this medium, comes from
the decoration above a door of the Inner Library at Cassiobury Park, near London, one of the artist’s earliest commissions. Decorative elements from this house were sold after it was pulled down in 1922, but many rooms were photographed before their destruction, and the original location of surviving carvings can thus be identified.

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