|Lot 377 Oak Interiors Bonhams January 2014|
Where are Justice, Hope and Charity in this scene? We have an angel in the middle with a horn in one hand blowing out a horn in the other. And a woman with a bird on her hand holding palm leaves. The palm leaves on women in 17th century embroidery often signify Victory or Peace. Could this be a substitute for hope with the bird on her hand (usually bent pecking the hand if for Touch) represent charity? I could see the angel calling for Justice in the way that justice for the soul on the last day.
This piece is still a bit of a conundrum. Maybe there is a scholar of allegories out there that would like to weigh in.