Can you help? Ashford Black Marble silhouette
March 14, 2011 9 Comments
Back in November 2009 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery successfully bid on an Ashford Black Marble plinth at Tennants Auction House in Leyburn, Yorkshire. We were interested in this piece as we have nothing like it within our collection. It is however a bit of a mystery and we are trying to find out more information about it.
On one side there is a silhouette of a man and on the opposite side there is a shield, the other two sides are decorated with flowers. We have an inking that it may have come from a school, college or university, maybe it was the base for a school cup? The shield has a white cross, a scallop shell and an outreaching arm holding a scroll with the writing ‘Deo Pacet’ on it. Does anyone have any ideas of its origin? Can anyone point us in the right direction?