This is an interesting set of 14 separate bronze plaques - executed in an expressionistic style and representing the Stations of the Cross - they form a complete series.
Each plaque is mounted on a vintage oak baton in the shape of a cross for hanging for display.
One plaque is inscribed with the name of the maker: R. Gourdan and others have his initials. Not much is known about the artist - but it seems that he specialised in producing these stylised cast bronze Ecclesiastical figures and sculptures.
Stations of the Cross refers to a series of artistic representations, very often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches now contain a series of imagery typically placed at intervals along the sidewalls of the nave; in most churches, these are small plaques with reliefs (such as these) or paintings.
This set comprises of 12 plaques and all items are in lovely condition - the modelling is slightly reminiscent of the religious relief work carried out by Eric Gill. Obviously, the artist of these lovely plaques must have been looking at Gill’s work for inspiration and it has influenced his style.
The length of each wooden spar is 16 cm and the length of each bronze plaque section is 10 cm.