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Section of stall backing

Section of stall backing

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1525 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    oak, carving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Back of stall of carved oak. From the church of Toussy, between Auxerre and Montargis.
Arranged for three seats, each seat backed by a panel; the panel on the right is carved with two small round arches surmounted by crocketted ogee arches with finials under round arches, while the panels in the middle and on the left are each carved with a single arch similarity arranged and enriched with monsters, masks and arabesque ornament; the panels are separated by raised pilasters. At the top is a frieze composed of seven panels carved with profile heads within circular medallions, the figure of a boy, masks, birds and arabesque ornament; the panels are separated by pilasters carved with floral ornament and are enclosed, above and below, by a moulded band. Each end stile, continued upwards above the frieze is surmounted by a seated animal.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1500-1525 (made)



Materials and Techniques

oak, carving


Height: 2447 cm, Width: 1844 cm

Object history note

From the church of Toussy (Toucy?), between Auxerre and Montargis (Burgundy)

Purchased for £148. 5s. 7d (3731 Francs) from Monsieur R. Duseigneur, 18 Rue Seguier, Paris. A general remark in the department files also states that the total amount paid was £248. 6s. 3d. (6250 Francs)

RP 81848/05 & 4537/05. Duseigneur appears to have dealt in decorative objects, especially of the renaissance period.
In considering the purchase, A.F. Kendrick noted (March 1905) 'There is a number of panels of the style & period in the Museum, but the piece under consideration would be valuable as a more complete object, illustrating the structural use of such details. The price asked (about £160) is not high.

Another memo of the Museum Meeting (Messrs J. Brock and Walter Crane present) on April 11th, 1905, noted ‘With regard to the carved oak stall backs, the end panel is very fine, and belongs to an earlier period than the rest. Doubtless the remainder will look much better when the paint is cleaned off.’ [No further salient information on RF].

Descriptive line

Oak stall backing, early 16th century, French

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Charles Tracy, Continental Church Furniture in England – A Traffic in Piety. (Woodbridge, 2001), M/20 p.256 pl. 322
This is a section of stall backing with the spaces for three seats. The right-hand end seems to be where the stalls stopped, whilst the left-hand side has been crudely severed. In the centre there are portions of the original seat standards. For a general stylistic comparison of this French Renaissance wood carving, the room panels from the Château de Gaillon in Normandy (1500-10) are pertinent, although the vocabularly there is wider and the style more sophisticated.






Woodwork; Renaissance (French)


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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