Walnut chair from Hôtel Dieu, Europe, 1400-1500

Made:
1401-1500 in Europe
maker:
Unknown
Chair from the Hotel Dieu in Paris, 15th century.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey graduated background

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Chair from the Hotel Dieu in Paris, 15th century. Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey graduated background
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Chair from the Hotel Dieu in Paris, 15th century

Made of walnut, this chair is believed to date from the 1400s and to have come from the Hôtel Dieu in Paris, France. Hôtel Dieu translates from the French as ‘Hostel of God’ and was the name given to the main hospital in France – and later to hospitals in other French speaking countries. Like many European hospitals, the Parisian Hôtel Dieu was originally run by a religious order of nuns.

In the 1800s, the hospital became one of the centres for innovative medical teaching and new approaches to hospital-based care.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A602097
type:
chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture
credit:
Tassin