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Organ gallery front

Organ gallery front

  • Place of origin:

    France (Picardy, made)

  • Date:

    1540-1570 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portion of the front of an organ gallery. (Another section is 684-1895.) It is divided into three compartments by two pilasters and surmounted by a cornice, the central part of which is convex. Each compartment is carved with a round-headed arch, and beneath them are the following subjects, beginning on the left:
1. Salome with the youthful St James and St John the Evangelist
2. A standing female figure holding an open book, and four children in front of her holding emblems
3. St Anne teaching the Virgin to read; the spandrels are filled in leaf ornament, and the capitals of the pilasters are carved with acanthus leaves

Place of Origin

France (Picardy, made)


1540-1570 (made)

Object history note

Purchased for £30: 'wormeaten and split'.

This panel was formerly in the collection of Emile Peyre (1824-1904), a notable Parisian collector of French medieval and renaissance artefacts. In 1895 the South Kensington Museum (renamed the V&A in 1900), bought over 300 pieces of furniture and woodwork from him, (as well as sculpture and metalwork), at a cost of £11,878. 16s. 9d.

Historical context note

Comparable woodwork

Oak boiserie and panels from the church of Saint Etienne, Beauvais c1560, in Laurence Fligny: Le Mobilier en Picardie. (Picardie, 1990), nos. 174 a-e, p140-1)

Descriptive line

Organ gallery front (section); French, 1500-1550. Ex Peyre Collection.


Woodwork; Renaissance (French)


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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