Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Maciejowski Bible Footstool

In the Maciejowski Bible the most represented piece of furniture may also be the easiest one to overlook. The footstool is represented at least 38 times. In ancient times, back to the Greeks, setting a footstool before a chair was part of recognizing it as a throne.


Building a piece of furniture from a medieval manuscript can be a tricky prospect and I only hope in the end I do all of these pieces justice. Some of the pieces I understand from the first time I see them, but a few of the pieces have taken study, research, thought, and lots of drawings to tease the secrets from them. The footstool was one of these difficult pieces. 


Even though it's so often depicted, it also has the most variety from page to page. In the end I had to take what I liked best from several different pages and put them into one rendition.


From here the footstool begins the process of painting and in the shop I start building the first of three different chairs,



I'm afraid if you want more details, you'll have to wait until I'm done writing the book.

It's good to be busy.

Ratione et Passionis
Oldwolf

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. Looking at the 'Dagobert' throne it is effectively too tall and needs possibly a 8" high platform for comfort. As the second image shows a foldable (campaign) throne like the Dagobert throne, maybe some footrests were disassembled for transport.

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