54 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (138.4 x 151.1 x 59.7 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gift of James Sibley Watson
Location: Currently on view
A credence, or cabinet on legs, was used as a serving board in a castle dining hall or as a cupboard for storing vessels in a church. The usual credence had two doors, a paneled back and a shelf below. Like most medieval furniture, this credence is carved with decoration based on Gothic architecture. A quatrefoil motif, a type of ornament that resembles a four-petaled flower and is frequently seen in medieval stained glass windows, covers the doors. A heraldic shield, carved and with traces of polychromy, or paint, is on each door. The coat of arms on the right is a fleur-de-lis, or stylized lily that was the symbol of the French monarchy, and fish quartered; the one on the left shows three fleur-de-lis mounted by a crown, denoting the royal lineage of the credence’s original owner.
[Gallery label text, June 2013]