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 !
- Model/ Name
- with horned faun or satyr
- Estimated Period
- Second half 16th century
- Country of Origin
- Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes