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Prie-dieu

Maker:
Stammer & Breul (active mid-19th century)
Date:
1855
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Oak and pine veneered with rosewood, tulipwood, ebony and ebonized wood, and micromosaic decoration of various natural and stained woods; modern silk-velvet; coated brass
Dimensions:
Overall: 107 1/16 x 41 5/16 x 34 1/4 in. (272 x 105 x 87 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The James Parker Charitable Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.452a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
The overall shape of this nearly nine-foot tall prayer bench or prie dieu with its towering spires, pointed arches, and slender clustered columns is based on medieval ecclesiastical architecture. As such it exemplifies the Gothic Revival style fashionable in Europe during the middle of the nineteenth century. Its surface decoration, however, consists of colorful wood micromosaic, a technique usually reserved for small objects. This ambitious piece was commissioned by the firm of Stammer & Breul to be shown at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
Signature: Inlaid in the center of the armrest compartment, in micromosaic letters against an ebony ground, framed by tulipwood banding: STAMMER & BREUL/ WIEN.

Inscription: On fragment of printed label glued on the top of the lower part reading "gard" and "roche" and other partially preserved words.
[ sale, Sotheby's, London , November 4, 1988, lot 289; sold for £7,700) ] ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York,1988–2008; sold to MMA ]
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