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Prayer Desk (Inginocchiatoio)

Prayer Desk (Inginocchiatoio)

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1580-1600 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Prayer desk of walnut wood, with drawer and cupboard, which are seperated from one another by a projecting guilloche band. On either side of the drawer is a mask, and on either side of the cupboard is a winged terminal figure. A guilloche border runs round the door of the cupboard. The top of the step lifts up to form a lid.
Italian, sixteenth century.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1580-1600 (made)


Height: 88 cm, Width: 70 cm, Depth: 63.5 cm

Object history note

Bought for £19 1s from Signori Fratelli Mora, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 12-14, Milan R.F. 1313/1892
Notes: see R.F. 311/1892, 1219/1892

Historical context note

Comparable objects
See Charles Tracy, Church Furniture in England – A Traffic in Piety (Woodbridge, 2001), H/2 (Italian early 17th century, pine, 89 x 60.5 x 43cm at Hever Castle, Kent), and H/3 (Italian early 17th century, walnut, 87.5 x 66.5 x 63cm at All Saints Church, Tooting Graveney, London).

Prayer desk, Italian 1600-25; walnut, pine; 37 1/4 x 30 x 22 inches (94.6 x 76.2 x 55.9 cm); Accession Number: 2006-117-1; Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Karl F. Ockert, 2006; Philadelphia Museum of Art - (http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/299283.html?mulR=286621352|75) consulted 18/9/2015: 1600-1625

Museo d'arti applicate. Mobili e intagli lignei / Enrico Colle ; con la collaborazione di Susanna Zanuso. (Milano : Electa, c1996), nos. 25-32

Comparable chests
Ferenc Batári, and Erzsébet Vadászi ; edited by Elvira Király : Art of furniture-making from theGothic to the Biedermeier: European Furniture from the 15th to the 19th Century in the Nagytétény Castle Museum ([Budapest : Museum of Applied Arts], 2002.), colour plate III, no. 4 (Ragusa? c1600)

Descriptive line

Prayer Desk (Inginocchiatoio), Italian, late 16th century, possibly created 1860-80, walnut

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

Frieda Schottmüller, Furniture and Interior Decoration of the Italian Renaissance (Stuttgart, 1928), fig. 253




Furniture; Containers; Renaissance (Italian); Medieval and renaissance


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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