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Last chance to keep Gerini paintings, Julia Margaret Cameron photo album and Baroque games board in UK

Ed Vaizey places temporary export bars on rare and significant pieces.

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The pieces that the Culture Minister has placed temporary export bars on include four 14th century paintings by Niccolo di Pietro Gerini, a rare 17th century Baroque games board and a photo album compiled by British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Ed Vaizey took the export bar decisions following recommendations by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England.

Passions of Christ paintings

The paintings by Niccolo di Pietro Gerini are the only known remaining works of their kind in existence. Painted on linen, each of the large pictures depicts an episode from Christ’s Passion. The 4 paintings are:

  • Peter Protesting at Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples
  • The Betrayal of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane illustrates the episode of Jesus’ arrest, told by all four evangelists
  • The Mocking of Christ
  • The Flagellation

The export bar will provide a last chance to raise the £1,105,250 needed to keep them in the UK.

Read the press notice for further details about the paintings and the export bar’s terms.

Signor 1857 album by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was one of the greatest photographers that Britain has ever produced. Containing 35 works by several different photographers, the Signor album is the earliest of 8 recorded photographic albums assembled by Cameron before she took up photography herself. The export bar will provide a last chance to raise the recommended price of £121,250 to keep the album in the UK.

Baroque Games Board

Exquisitely crafted from amber (sometimes “Baltic Gold”), ebony, silver and wood, the quality of this rare hinged games board strongly suggests it’s by the artist Georg Schreiber, considered to be the first known and documented artist working in amber. The export bar will provide a last chance to raise the £821,500 needed to keep it in the UK.

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Published 9 May 2013