Prayer Kneeler Cabinet from Florence, Italy

AGE: 19th century
DIMENSIONS: 24¾" w x 23½" d x 35½" h
MATERIALS: Poplar wood
CONDITION: Very good; rustic well-worn condition consistent with age and use


A simple and rustic 19th century prayer kneeler from a nun’s bedroom in a convent in Florence. Constructed of poplar wood and having a storage space beneath the kneeling area, an upper drawer, and a storage area behind two doors. A nun would have kept all of her worldly possessions in this simple cabinet - still a few holy cards left inside the drawer. In Italy, these antique prayer kneeler cabinets are often used as bedside tables, and would also make an interesting console for a small entry or hallway.