Norfolk Museums Collections

Roundel

Description:

These four roundels are exceedingly rare examples of English Medieval art, exceptional intact survivals of pre-Reformation glass, and outstanding examples of the Norwich school of stained glass from the early sixteenth century. They show clear Flemish influences and it is likely that they were made by one of the Norwich ‘Strangers’, immigrants from the Low Countries, some of whom are known to have been glass makers. They are thought to have been made for the Norwich house of Thomas Pykerell (d. 1545), mercer, Sheriff and Mayor, but relocated to Brandiston Hall, Norfolk, before 1860, possibly via Marsham Church. There would originally have been twelve roundels, depicting the Labours of the Months, a popular contemporary pageant in Norwich, presided over by the King of Christmas. The four remaining roundels depict tree pruning (probably March), a gardener seeking shelter from hail (April or November), grape harvesting (September), and a king feasting (December).

Accession number:

NWHCM : 2012.121

On display at:

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

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