I am posting some photos of the recently restored Marian Retable designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1937.
We finished the work earlier this week, and the scaffolding is yet to be removed.
(Click below for larger images...)
As the original angels were missing, we made replicas of those on the main Reredos behind the high altar, and added those.
This approach was in keeping with the original design of 1937, though some gold spindles would have been a welcome addition to complete the look - (see below left.)
The retable and altar may have looked fine without the angels - however, adding them reminds us that Mary is Queen of Angels! So are thereby a fitting attribute to help parishioners read the language of this sacred imagery.
As evidence of the original decorative scheme was scant ( see below) we introduced a legend to each of the side dioramas.
Fr. "S" chose the fitting words "Mater Dei" and "Mater Nostra" for each. ( Latin is always best left to the experts!)
As a suitable statue of Our Lady and the Christ child could not be found, I have been asked to produce a suitable Madonna and child in the coming New Year to fit the space; In the meantime, we have temporarily used my version of Our Lady of Fatima for the niche. (see above)
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