All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Green Men sold at Sotheby’s

We are extremely grateful to Kath Stonedog for bringing the following to our attention

On December 8, 2009 an unusual collection of stone architectural carvings brought together over a period of 17 years by collector and enthusiast Richard Wiseman was sold by Sotheby’s in London.

The collection comprised of 32 lots and were estimated to fetch approximately £150,000

Included in the sale were nine Green Men the details of which are:

Lot 3 French possibly Reims 12th 13th Century Pair of green men, Limestone

Lot 6 French, probably southern 12th/13th Century Relief slab with a green man

Lot 19 Northern English/Scottish 15th Century A red sandstone relief with a green man

Lot 24 English 13th/14th Century Stone label stop with a green man

Lot 26 French of Flemish 14th/Early 15th Century Corbel bracket with a green man together with a Bruges 14th/ early 15th Century limestone relief of a green man

Lot 27 English 14th Century Corbel with a green man together with an English 12th Century limestone corbel of a green man and a French Green Man in 15th Century style

Richard Wiseman commented: “We may never be able to decipher the message of this product of the medieval mind – intended for interpretation by a medieval audience, human or otherwise, but owning part of the pictorial code still affords profound fascination and not a little awe.”

 I’ll bring more information as and when I can

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