19th Century French ‘Prie Dieu’ FE-1428C

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A French 19th century ebonized Prie Dieu with ornate pierce-carved back. Circa 1880.

19.5″ Wide x 18″ Deep x 35″ Tall.

A Prie-Dieu (French: literally, “pray [to] God”, invariable in the plural) is a type of prayer desk primarily intended for private devotional use, but may also be found in churches. It is a small, ornamental wooden desk furnished with a thin, sloping shelf for books or hands, and a kneeler. Sometimes, instead of the sloping shelf, a padded arm rest will be provided. This type is useful for devotions, such as the Rosary which do not require a book, or for private, non-liturgical prayer.

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