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Floor slab of Jan de Clerck, his wife Kasstoffelijne, and their children

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 1495
Name Floor slab of Jan de Clerck, his wife Kasstoffelijne, and their children
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Aardenburg, St. Bavokerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Stone slab with the incised effigies of a husband and wife on a tiled floor with five children kneeling below, an inscription along the edge, and quatrefoils with the evangelist symbols in the corners
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1525-1575
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [61] St. Bavokerk (St. Baafskerk) (St Bavo's Church (St. Baafskerk)), Aardenburg
Arguments
Specification
Still in original institution? probably yes
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • in the church/chapel (exact location unknown)
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious and social
Grave findings
Additional remarks Commemorated on the object are a married couple, (members of) a nuclear family or (members of) an extended family: see Commemorated party
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Jan de Clerck, his wife Kasstoffelijne, and their children
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [3510] Jan de Clerck (male)
  • [3511] Kasstoffelijne, wife of Jan de Clerck (female)
  • [7194] daughter of Jan de Clerck and his wife Kasstoffelijne (female)
  • [7193] four sons of Jan de Clerck and his wife Kasstoffelijne (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons nuclear family
Relation specification a married couple and five children
Additional remarks
Name
Composition of the commissioning party
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Material(s)
  • stone
Specification Belgian hardstone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 147 x 89 x 0
Completeness Complete
Condition Broken in at least one place with further minor damage along the edge; otherwise good.
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Bloys van Treslong Prins, P.C., Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden in en uit de kerken der provincie Zeeland (Utrecht 1919), 6; no. 20
  • Oosterwijk, Sophie, Gedenken en herkennen. Laatmiddeleeuwse (kinder)grafzerken in Zeeland, Bulletin Stichting Oude Zeeuwse Kerken 69 (2014), 3-9
Other documentation
SKKN: inv. no. 6342-50
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [1495] Floor slab of Jan de Clerck, his wife Kasstoffelijne, and their children

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Stone slab with the incised effigies of a husband and wife on a tiled floor with five children kneeling below, an inscription along the edge, and quatrefoils with the evangelist symbols in the corners
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 147 x 89 x 0
Date
Year 1559
Specified date 1559/09/03
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification Jan died in 1559; Kasstoffelijne's date of death appears not to have been added.
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Aardenburg, St. Bavokerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The slab is located in the nave of the church
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the left side in the central field
Portrait of
Name Jan de Clerck
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture standing
Manner of portrayal The man is standing on a tiled floor with folded hands (praying), somewhat turned to his left, in the direction of his wife
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing aristocratic/noble attire
Short description A tabard, pleated 'jupon', hose and broad-toed shoes
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks Jan is shown beardless with half-long wavy hair.
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the right side in the central field
Portrait of
Name Kasstoffelijne, wife of Jan de Clerck
Sex female
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture standing
Manner of portrayal The woman is standing on a tiled floor with folded hands (praying), somewhat turned to her right in the direction of her husband
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing aristocratic/noble attire
Short description A cap/veil, a dress under a cloak with a wide collar, wide outer sleeves and a band tied around the waist.
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the left side in a compartment beneath the incised effigies of the parents
Portrait of
Name four sons of Jan de Clerck and his wife Kasstoffelijne
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal Kneeling with hands in prayer while turned towards the right.
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing aristocratic/noble attire
Short description Jackets with puffed sleeves, pleated 'jupon', codpieces, hose and broad-toed shoes
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks All four figures are beardless and have the same short wavy hair. The incised cross above three of the male figures and the female figure has led to a local legend that these children all died of the plague. This may mean that one of the sons (the third from the left, without a cross) survived. However, such crosses could also be a sign of baptism.
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the right side in a compartment beneath the incised effigies of the parents
Portrait of
Name daughter of Jan de Clerck and his wife Kasstoffelijne
Sex female
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal Kneeling with hands in prayer while turned towards the left.
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing aristocratic/noble attire
Short description A cap/veil, and a dress with a square neckline and wide outer sleeves.
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The incised cross above three of the male figures and the female figure has led to a local legend that these children all died of the plague. This may mean that one of the sons (the third from the left, without a cross) survived. However, such crosses could also be a sign of baptism.

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription along all four edges of the slab (starting at the bottom)
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Sepulture van Jan de Clerck, filius Pierter, die overleet den derden in september LIX, ende van Kasstoffelijne filia Jan Stevens, Jan de Clerck wif was, die overleet [...].
Translation
English translation Grave of Jan de Clerck, son of Pierter, who died on the third in September 1559, and of Kasstoffelijne, daughter of Jan Stevens, [who] was the wife of Jan de Clerck, who died [...].
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Incised Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [3510] Jan de Clerck (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [3512] Pierter de Clerck (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is used as a reference
Name [3513] Jan Stevens (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is used as a reference
Name [3511] Kasstoffelijne, wife of Jan de Clerck (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The transcription is based on P.C. Bloys van Treslong Prins. The date of death of Kasstoffelijne appears not to have been added, see the lower right edge of the slab.

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • flowers/plants
  • scrollwork and/or strapwork
  • evangelist symbols
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) quatrefoils with the four evangelist symbols in the corners; an arch with strapwork, heads, and leaves above the effigies
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 3510
Personal details
Name Jan de Clerck
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1559/09/03
Additional remarks Son of Pierter de Clerck. Jan was married to Kasstoffelijne, daughter of Jan Stevens, with whom he had at least four sons and a daughter.
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 3511
Personal details
Name Kasstoffelijne, wife of Jan de Clerck
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Daughter of Jan Stevens. Kasstoffelijne was married to Jan de Clerck, with whom she had at least four sons and a daughter.
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 3512
Personal details
Name Pierter de Clerck
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Father of Jan de Clerck
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 3513
Personal details
Name Jan Stevens
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Father of Kasstoffelijne
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 7193
Personal details
Name four sons of Jan de Clerck and his wife Kasstoffelijne
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks The incised crosses above the heads of three of the sons has led to a local legend that these children all died of the plague. This may mean that one of the sons survived. However, the crosses could also be a sign of baptism.
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 7194
Personal details
Name daughter of Jan de Clerck and his wife Kasstoffelijne
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks The incised cross above the head of the daughter has led to a local legend that this child died of the plague. However, the cross could also be a sign of baptism.
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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