RE: [MedievalSawdust] Statues to carve
- Here is a description of the top of one of the French tents at the
Field of Cloth of Gold.
"At the summit was a statue of St. Michael, patron saint of France
and of the royal order of chivalry. It had been carved in walnut by
Guillaume Arnoult, and then painted blue and gold by Jean Bourdichon,
painter to the King (as to his predecessors), who also painted other
figures or 'patrons' for the tents and pavilions. The statue, which
was life size, rested on a golden ball or 'pinot'. The saint was
dressed in a blue mantle, strewn with golden fleur-de-lis; in his
right hand he held a lance, and in his left a shield with the arms of
France upon it. Under St. Michael's feet was a serpent and an apple
(symbols of Satan and sin) for St. Michael had driven the rebellious
angles from heaven and was usually represented with a serpent or
dragon at his feet. From the statue's feet spread out a 'sun' of ten
rays, each 5 aunes long, of blue velvet powdered with fleur-de-lis,
and with toille d'or, and the ceiling was decked with golden fringes.
The tent ropes were in the royal colours, and stout enough for a
"It is disappointing to find that, dispite all this care and
unremitting toil, the French tents and pavilions met with disaster.
An eyewitness records that after only four days they had to be taken
down, because of the wind and rain. The mast of the great pavilion
with St. Michael was broken. "
From "The Field of Cloth of Gold; Men and manners in 1520" by
Joycelyne G. Russell, Routledge & Fegan Paul, London, 1969
I hope that helps you.
John of the Hills
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Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Statues to carve
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 16:31:55 -0000
>I am in the process of carving a couple of 3 foot high Statues for
>Excellencies here in AnTir. I would like to know about any
>documentation on wood statues of any time period. Can someone help me
>out. Also if any Pelicans of Wood artistic ability live in our fair
>Kingdom and even better north of Madrone, please contact me.