28 November 2010

Medieval carpentry - 3

Third posting in a series about medieval carpentry.  This time Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune ,  it opened its doors in 1452,  and with 1453 a possible closing year for the middle ages it could qualify as medieval. They have a collection of old chests on display, post medieval in date if not in style, the oldest pieces are from the second half of the fifteenth century.  I was surprised to see that even those old chests are mature examples of frame and panel carpentry,  giving the impression that already in the middle ages carpentry had solid joinery foundations.  Only the carving improves and the sixteenth century chests have a more advanced decoration.
This time again I ran into some illustration problems,   it took months to set my hands on the pictures and the poor shaken quality made me throw half of them away.