Part of a tabernacle frame

Flemish, Antwerp (?)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953

The forms of the cornice, arch, and pilasters on this tabernacle front were derived from furniture made in Antwerp in the mid-sixteenth century. The pilaster ornament, for example, resembles the ornament down the center of an Antwerp cabinet in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt-am-Main. The frame may originally have been fixed over a recess. The missing door probably had a painting on its front; the metal eyes in the cornice most likely held a curtain that could be drawn across the image to protect it.

Part of a tabernacle frame, Poplar. Yellow bole, red and blue color., Flemish, Antwerp (?)

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