Late medieval English choir-stall ends with gothic tracery

Circa 1480
England, probably Norfolk

W 15" × H 55" × D 3"

Stock # MARH0207


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Late medieval English choir-stall ends with gothic tracery. The large proportions of these objects indicate that they are not benchends, but are the end-supports from the forward, reading rest of a choir stall. Each choir-stall end is carved with blind tracery in the form of two rows of elongated, narrow lancets intersected by a band or architectural dentals, surmounted by a ‘poppy-head’ terminal. This configuration of ornament reflects an approach to woodwork design employed in elaboration of parish church in Northeastern England during late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries . Lower tenons lost; poppy-head terminals period but probably associated.