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The Ge­or­gian town-house mu­seum, Fair­fax House in York, has launched an ap­peal for a fi­nal £60,000 to se­cure the pur­chase of this carved panel by the cel­e­brated late-17th-cen­tury sculp­tor Grin­ling Gib­bons. So far, it has raised just over £240,000 to­wards the pur­chase.

The box­wood panel was carved in York, where the sculp­tor set­tled af­ter first ar­riv­ing in Eng­land in about 1667. It’s his ear­li­est at­trib­uted work, carved when he was about 20, and the only one that can be se­curely as­so­ci­ated with his three-year so­journ in the city. It sub­se­quently passed into the col­lec­tion of the Fair­fax fam­ily.

The im­agery refers to King David’s lauda­tory Psalms 148 and 150 and is based on the 1589–93 paint­ing The Per­for­mance of a Motet of Or­lando di Lasso by Pe­ter Can­did. The panel is cur­rently on dis­play at Fair­fax House in the newly opened ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Made in York’ that cel­e­brates artis­tic pro­duc­tion in the 18th-cen­tury city.

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