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A north Italian Renaissance carved walnut refectory, by Tommaso Branchia da Mondaino
dated 1567
Lot. Vendu 158,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

A north Italian Renaissance carved walnut refectory, by Tommaso Branchia da Mondaino
dated 1567
Lot. Vendu 158,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A north Italian Renaissance carved walnut refectory, by Tommaso Branchia da Mondaino
dated 1567
comprising wall panels incorporating benches, two refectory tables and a credenza.
length approximately 82 ft.; height approximately 7 ft. 8 1/2 in.
25 m; 2.30 m
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Provenance

Adolfo Loewi, Venice, Italy, 1930
Werner Abegg, acquired from the above through Luigi Bellini
Gift of Werner Abegg and funds from various donors, 1959

Description

This rare refectory, or dining room, is a type that was used in monasteries and academic institutions in Renaissance Italy. Monks ate at the long benches and important officials sat at raised benches at the end of the hall.

The inscriptions carved into the wainscotting of this panelled room are comprised of a series of independent sentences, which, possibly, are quotations from the monastic rule of Saint Augustine. Augustine was a Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa and was generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time. As the original order of these sentences or quotations cannot be determined with certainty, the following is a listing of them:

Locus penarii
Omnibus aequa lance
Oculi omnium in te sperant et tu da illis cibum
Edent paupes et saturabantur et laudabunt Dominum
Fratres fauces vestre non solum sumant cibum sed et aures esuriant Dei verbum 
Ex regula S. P. Augustini
MDLXVII
Opificium Thomae Branche de Mondaino

(Place of penance
Punishment equal for all
The eyes of all turn in hope towards you and you give them food
The poor will eat and will be replenished and will praise the Lord
Brethren not only your mouths should receive food but also you ears should be filled with the word of the Lord
From the rule of the Holy Father Augustine
1567
The work of Tommaso Branchia da Mondaino)

No record of the name of the woodcarver Tommaso Branchia da Mondaino has been found thus far. His place of origin may be either Mondaino in the province of Emilia Romagna or Mondaino in the Marches. Information from the Metropolitan Museum of Art indicates that the room comes from a refectory of an Augustine convent in the province of Recanati in the Marches.

NOTICE:
The majority of this lot is currently located at James Bourlet, 3820 Review Ave, Long Island City, New York, and can be viewed by appointment with a member of the European Furniture department. The department has several color images and a diagram of the room.

The lot will be available for pick up at Sotheby's and James Bourlet's warehouse after the auction and must be paid for and collected by Tuesday, October 30th, 2012. The purchaser will be responsible for all storage charges incurred after October 30th and the lot will not be released to the purchaser until both Sotheby's and the warehouse are paid in full.

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