An item with an interesting local connection which is for sale at this Saturday’s Norwich Fleamarket is a rare Victorian large folio of European brass rubbings collected by a Norwich cleric.
The Irish-born Reverend William Creeny, vicar of St
Michael-at-Thorn, a pre-Conquest church in the city destroyed in
1942 by what were known as the Baedeker Raids (Luftwaffe targets
identified from the famed tourist guides), was a past president of
the Monumental Brass Society, founded in 1887 by a group of
Cambridge undergraduates and still going, with 500 members.
He was a leading authority on continental brasses and copies of
his A Book of Fac-similes [sic] of Monumental Brasses on the
Continent of Europe published in 1884 are in the V&A,
the Royal Academy and the British Museum.
Bought at auction, the folio which is being offered by local
dealer Malcolm James at £110 is in its original
binding and has some 80 illustrations with fascinating details.
Measuring 15 x 22.5in (38 x 57.5cm), it covers the period 1231
to 1600 and includes rubbings from Belgium, Holland, Prussian
Poland, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. Rev Creeny visited
churches in towns such as Meissen, Ypres, and Ghent later wrecked
in both world wars.
Brasses include those of the Danish King Eric and Queen Ingborg
of Ringstead (1319) and Don Parafan, Duke of Alcala of Seville
The monthly 100-dealer Norwich Fleamarket is at St Andrew's
Halls on Saturday, April 12.
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