Esther kneels and clasps her hands before King Ahasuerus seated on his throne under a festooned canopy; he holds out his scepter to her in a gesture of forgiveness; behind her, her attendants stand with Mordecai and the vizier Aman. Cartouche bearing the monogram (H)VH.
Mechelen, workshop of Hans Van Haechten, early 17th century.
15,7 x 12,1 cm.
Cracks and wear.
In a carved wooden frame.
Label on the back with the inscription Esther in front of
Assuérus - found at the bottom of a pond in St Louis Les
Bitches (mosaics) - Frame made by one of the workers of St
Louis 1880-1885 - Very naive frame.
Only one other bas-relief presenting this iconography is known, it is preserved in the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels, but is not monogrammed.
Book consulted: G. Bès de Berc, Sculptures d'albâtre de
Malines - les reliefs de dévotion, fin XVIème début XVIIème siècle, Saint Armel, 2003, p. 25 and p. 66.