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
Overall: 107 1/16 x 41 5/16 x 34 1/4 in. (272 x 105 x 87 cm)
Purchase, The James Parker Charitable Foundation Gift, 2008
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 ]
Artist: Designed by architect Isidor Canevale (1730–1786)Date: ca. 1765–72, with later additionsMedium: Carved, painted, and gilded pine; plaster; gilt bronze; mirror glass; oak flooringAccession: 63.229.1On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Marquetry by Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (Dutch, 1639–1715, active France)Date: ca. 1685Medium: Oak, pine, walnut veneered with ebony, rosewood, and marquetry of tortoiseshell and engraved brass; gilt bronze and steelAccession: 1986.365.3On view in:Gallery 531