Folding stool

Northern German or Polish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

This stool was originally intended to be used by a wealthy congregant of Saint Mary’s Church in Gdask, Poland, as a comfortable seat during Mass. Designed to be beautiful and portable, this stool is also personalized: in addition to the delicate intarsia showing birds and vines that symbolize the union of believers with Christ, the costly stretchers are coarsely incised with the initials “DS” and “IS.”

Folding stool, Oak decorated with marquetry including walnut, bog oak, maple, green-stained poplar, and other woods, Northern German or Polish

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