15th Feb, 2022 10:00

Out of the Ordinary - Two-Day Sale

Lot 163



20th century, a pair of Masonic tracing boards, for the first and second Degree, with stylised imagery, the former showing the tools of the Mason and the ascending ladder, the latter with an interior view of the Great Temple with the pillars of cloud and fire surmounted by celestial spheres, each oil on canvas laid on to board, set within oak frames, each mounted with an inscribed presentation plaque to the front, the first inscribed 'Presented to Peace & Concord Lodge No. 3947 by Wor. Bro. Edward Wood J.P., founder & first treasurer. 1919-1921', the latter inscribed 'Peace & Concord Lodge No. 3947', both with ivorine plaques to the verso inscribed 'Spencer & Co. 19 and 21 Gt Queen Street London',
123 x 77 (2)

Tracing boards are meant to represent the allegorical journey of a Freemason, beginning in the material realm with the tools of the trade, transcending up the ladder toward the temple, indicative of the second stage following on as a natural development of the first. The second degree set within the temple is meant to emphasise the Fellowship found within, and the eventual continuation of the journey deeper into the temple, and the mysteries found within. The third tracing board is rarely seen and is all the more complicated to interpret. Partly because the ritual it entails is rarely performed today, but also that those who have undergone it, rarely share any knowledge about it, or even its existence.

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Sold for £1,800

Condition Report

Both with stains and marks throughout. Some scuffs along the edges, but the images are both highly legible.



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Auction: Out of the Ordinary - Two-Day Sale, 15th Feb, 2022



We will be offering viewing by appointment only, to be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE..  Thirty minute time slots will be available from:

Fri 11 Feb, 9am - 5pm 

Sat 12 Feb, 10am - 2pm

Sun 13 Feb, 10am - 2pm 

Mon 14 Feb, 9am - 5pm 

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