19th Century French Napoleon III Carved Mahogany and Velvet Prayer Chair
This antique “Prie Dieu” (or prayer chair), was crafted in France circa 1870, and probably comes from a private chapel. Built of mahogany, the tracery religious prayer kneeler stands on fluted legs ending with front coasters, over a pierced carved cross splat back. The piece features a slant top with inside storage supported by carved side columns; when lifting the top, it reveals storage for Bibles, church missals, rosaries or other religious items. The wide slant kneeler base and elbow rest top are both dressed with a red velvet upholstery. The large and comfortable prayer bench is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use, and adorns a rich two-tone walnut patina with blackened accents. Prayer kneelers or prayer benches were traditionally called Prie-Dieu meaning “Pray (to) God” in French as early as the 17th century. They were used in churches by the bride and groom during wedding ceremonies, by clerics during prayers, and by priests reciting Kneeling Prayers. In private, they were used during individual devotions. Measures: 24.25″ W x 26″ D x 35.5″ H.
|Dimensions||26" W x 24.25" D x 35.5" H|
Mid 19th Century