WROUGHT IRON FOLDING LECTERN, SPAIN, 16-17TH CENTURIES.

Antiques - Miscellaneous / Other Objects
Reference: Z6480

Standing wrought iron lectern, XVI-XVII centuries.
On a tripod with curved legs decorated with a disc in the center, the foot is raised, also decorated with those same discs and, in addition, with a central vase and a baluster on top. The top lectern is decorated by heart-shaped shapes with stars in the corners and, in the center, a Greek cross decorated with diamonds on its arms. In addition, it has a small hook at the front to hold documents.
It is essential to highlight the presence of the cross. This could belong to several military orders, whose emblem is differentiated by color: the Order of Calatrava (red), founded in the Kingdom of Castile in the 12th century; that of Alcántara (green), created in the mid-12th century in the Kingdom of León; or the Order of Santa María de Montesa and San Jorge de Alfama (black with a Greek cross inscribed in red), also known as de Montesa and founded by Jaime II de Aragón in the 14th century.
Thanks to its decoration, the present is one of those rare cases in which the object would have been created with the aim of being destined for use by one of those religious military orders. Normally, when following the same model, it is not possible to distinguish whether their destiny is civil or religious. In itself, this type of objects made of metal are not usually preserved, since their material allows them to be recast once the artistic style in which they were made has gone out of fashion or the owner sells it.
Thus, similar standing lecterns can only be seen in private collections and in prominent religious institutions with an ancient tradition. There are also other examples of iron standing lecterns in museums such as the National Decorative Arts of Madrid (CE19517, CE27473, etc.) or the Metropolitan of New York."


· Size: 50x50x151 cms.

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