Italian, Northern Italy - Fifteen Choir Stalls (stalli di coro), 16th century

Italian, Northern Italy

Fifteen Choir Stalls (stalli di coro), 16th century

Walnut and chestnut, 265 cm (104 5/16 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

F28e6.1-5

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the antique dealer Giuseppe Piccoli, Venice on 3 October 1900 for 5000 lire (including other objects) through Daniel S. Curtis (1825–1908), lawyer, banker and owner of Palazzo Barbaro, Venice.

Dimension Notes

Seat width: about 78 cm (30 11/16 in.); except for F28e6.1.a-c where the width of seats varies from 62.5 cm (24 5/8 in.); 72 cm (28 3/8 in.); 87 cm (34 1/4 in.) Depth at arms: ranges from 49.5 to 55.6 cm (19 1/2 to 21 7/8 in.)

Bibliography

Isabella Stewart Gardner. Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p.24.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston: 1935), p. 256.
Fausto Calderai and Alan Chong. Furnishing a Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection of Italian Furniture (Boston: 2011), pp. 286-288, no. 143.


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Commentary

Arranged around the stained glass window from Soisson cathedral are fifteen choir stalls, originating from a church of the Dominican order. While she was installing her new museum in 1900, Isabella Gardner required architectural elements to enhance the spaces. Her old friend in Venice, Daniel Sargent Curtis, found this set of choir stalls.