Italian, Tuscan, Baroque Period
Walnut Prie-dieu Inginocchiatoio
An important, grand scale, and wonderfully aged example of an Italian inginocchiatoio. The piece originally meant for storing reliquaries, books, and kneeling in prayer has a rectangular hinged top opening to reveal an inner well. The cabinet door opens to expose a single shelf, the bottom kneeling level, the plinth base with canted molded edges, and a drawer for additional storage. The central cabinet, having the original lock and key, also discloses a secret latching system that locks the top well from inside the cabinet for additional safekeeping.