misericorde - Renaissance - Walnut - Second half 16th century

Description
misericorde - Renaissance - Walnut - Second half 16th century
France

A rare "misericorde" or choir stall bench, called this way because it means “pity” in French, as these seats that took pity on the tired legs of the monks during the long sermons and masses.

The "misericorde" is carved with the head of a faun or satyr with pointed ears, bulging eyes and sharp teeth between which it clutches an over-sized hops branch, probably a reference to the harvest.

Carved in walnut with a marvelous smooth patina of old age and use.

France. 2nd half of the 16th century (circa 1550-1580).

Dimensions: width 35,5cm ; height 16,5cm ; depth 10,5cm

(perspex stand is not included)

A beautiful, high-end "haute époque" carving of museum-worthy quality !

Lot details
Object
misericorde
Material
Walnut
Model/ Name
with horned faun or satyr
Style
Renaissance
Estimated Period
Second half 16th century
Country of Origin
France
Condition
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
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