Extremely Fine Woodworking

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), they have a display, (a small room, actually / maybe 10′x10′?) inside of which are the reconstructed walls and ceiling treatments of a highly-figured room that must originally have come from a palace, castle, royal estate, whatever… (15th, 16th century?)
As you can see I’m guessing here… because I have these photos I took when I was there but I can’t recall the description written on the placard sitting adjacent to the ‘rooms’ entrance. (I’ll get this info when I re-visit and edit the post.)
I wanted you to see (what must have been) a monstrous amount of work AND a great deal of time from planning through finish.
I can’t imagine what it was like to dedicate yourself to such a project nor how satisfying it must have been when it came together.
The pictures speak for themselves…

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corner where walls meet ceiling

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ceiling's center

At the time this was made, there were no power tools… so you can only imagine the sheer volume of hand carving involved.

Dedication / love of craft / a pleasure to see…

Russell Hudson / 4/12

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